Monday, July 15, 2013

Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: A Deadly Choice

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Remember when these comics were about computers?

Previous Tandy Computer Whiz Kids Episodes:
Fit to Win
Superman and Wonder Woman with the TRS-80 Whiz Kids: The Computer Masters of Metropolis
Superman and the TRS-80 Whiz Kids: The Computers that Saved Metropolis
Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: The Answer to a Riddle



104 comments:

LucasChad said...

I think NIMUE (yes I spelled it right this time) is responsible for that little reset. I think it's messing with you! You might want to double check it!

By the by, that Shaft-looking dude looks more like Avery Brooks, which devoided us another awesome moment from those IBM ads. Also, it's because of the Cinema Snob Guyana: Cult of the Damned episode that I'm reminded more of "the greatest porno ever" than Kentucky Fried Movie.

Finally, you tell 'em Val Kilmer! You're the Christian Bale of the 90's!

Anonymous said...

Technically, for the Title Card having Snow on it, it can technically be considered Summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere, so at least having Snow makes sense for the Southern Hemisphere Viewers.

Trust Tandy Computer Whiz Kids to talk more on Drug/Substance Abuse than the Actual Computers that they’re suppose to be selling! It’s like watching an advert where we see a seductive woman eating a Chocolate Bar before having the sign “Support Our War Veterans” Pop up.

Speaking on J. Jonah Jameson, have you seen that recent episode of Pound Puppies where a Girls Father not only looks and acts like Mr. Jameson, but they also got J.K. Simmons from the Maguire Spiderman Films to voice him too?

Why doesn’t Miss Wilson allow the other students to talk? Maybe one of them went to Disneyland or maybe met a Celebrity during their Vacation. The Plant theory is getting more and more likely with each issue. Heck, there’s one child in a Wheelchair in the panel at 7:46, I want to hear their story!

You’re not the only one who thought Danny Chase when you saw that Red Haired Kid, I saw it too. Although the one Buzz was selling drugs too looked more like Nick Fury than Shaft to me.

Amusing to see Combine Harvester back as an Insane Montage…something tells me we’ll be hearing it again, next week.

Still, Good Review, Linkara!
Looking forward to seeing more from you. ;3

itinimac said...

SO.... was the Time-Loop a throw-away joke or an hint at a bigger plot?

After all, we have things like the Babylonians who were the ones who invented the convention of time in seconds and minutes, and at least a future episode (Marville #5) will deal with Time Travel.

This said, a damn funny review and loved the reminder of the Countdown gag and PSA hell ^_^ Beautiful memories. Great job, Linkara

Megan said...

Linkara's balls are truly plentiful. :P

Does he have blue balls as well?

Hilarious review. Loved seeing the return of 'Combine Harvester' and PSA Hell.

Anonymous said...

If you look to the left side of the drug lab, you can see Dr. Nye from The Clones of Bruce Lee, complete with him playing with test tubes.

Chille said...

Awesome episode as always, cant believe your at 250 already, will keep watching.

Thank you for providing such great entertainment over the years, your awesome.

Lazoor said...

YES! You cracked out the Wurzels again! The looks on the faces of the title card were hilarious and the review itself more so. I do have to ask how many of these comics there are. I remember one issue being handed out when I was in middle school. Something about gangs? Or civic pride? No idea. Keep it up. Onward to 300!!!

Jake said...

-Loved- this review; great 250th episode, Linkara!

Weirdly, my family is kind of just like theirs - one of my parents has red hair and the other one brown, while I have blonde and my sister's is black. Genes are weird.

Anonymous said...

This review was hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing when the Wurzels(sp?)song started playing. I do have one small nit-pick in an otherwise awesome review. You did another PCP/pop mistake int the beginning. When they were in the lab, you counted the "Must" as the second or third grammar mistake, but the comic really read "most". Still, awesome review, and may you have another 250 episodes!

Micro4 said...

FYI REALISTIC was a Camera,Camcorder, Microphone, and Amp company. In 2000 the brad was discontinued. The brands only purpose was to sell RCA products at RadioShack so... yes, yet another radio shack plug.

thorondragon said...

huh, been a while since you had a total mental breakdown. that thing must have been horrible.

Robert J. Hendriks said...

Groundhog Day is on tv later today over here in The Netherlands. Coincidence orrrrrr....?

Crystal Master said...

Ah, Linkara the comic said "most often escape detection" not "must often escape direction"

Because poor reading skills,
give us material for the next screw ups video

Anonymous said...

I love this, especially considering that these comics were pretty fun to poke fun at. But while those were pretty annoying....this is the stuff of insanity. Also I called jinx on the writers never encountered children(and also forgot what it was like to be one),the fact that it was summer again(I caught that after the "first day back" line), the stupid idea of having children run a drug hotline, and the fact that Alec and Shanna are the most important children ever (but only smart when the plot requires them to be better than the adults)

Also I think there might be a conspiracy between Alec and this Allen charcter.....BY GOD!COULD THIS BE THAT ALLEN/ALECgjUbsJncDijOcyUVF7#LEWISHELP!GkxshkHkcGOGwdcv

Lostshadows said...

I'm guessing Alec and Shanna will never be appearing in, I Know What You Did Last Summer.

As for why the other kids aren't allowed to talk, its simple, extras with lines have to be paid more. :)

I can't figure out how using a zoom lens would actually help record that drug deal the head bad guy pulled. Unless he hasn't mastered the basic art of not waving illegal substances around in full view, the recording will just show two people exchanging something. The zoom lens is not going to pick up the conveniently incriminating dialog.

Btw, the panel in the video has "most" not "must", but it is a pretty odd looking "o." (Kind of looks like someone fixed a "u.")

Also, drug dealers do sometimes give out free samples to hook new customers. Once people are addicted, or just like the results, they're more likely to become a regular customer.

Anonymous said...

Well there's Christmas in July...but that's not a real holiday

Adam said...

What? No appearance from Beppo the invisible monkey after your latest mental breakdown, Linkara? Kinda feels like a lost opportunity.

Thankfully, the latest issue of Mar-ville won't be until next week. Hoping that Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End #1 will be better but I highly doubt it.

Anonymous said...

300th Episode: Coming May 5,2014! At least I counted 50 weeks from now , so I could be wrong

Julie Paulson said...

This episode was a lot of fun, like all the Children of the Damned episodes. It's stupid, but good fodder for jokes, and the Combine Harvester bit was hilarious! Great episode all around.

Anonymous said...

Last week I remember thinking to myself when you mentioned this comic: Yes, as grounded as dust in an anti-gravity field

Nazaru said...

Wow, Linkara! I didn't expect you to get a mental breakdown until the next Marville comic. I still say you'll have one by then or the final one.

Anonymous said...

after they mentioned to have worked in a camp for the emotionally disturbed, I somehow got this flash in my head about them trying to give a pep-talk to the cast of NGE

Mitchell Martinez said...

That was hands down your best cracking under the insanity montage to date.

Excellent after credits scene as well.

Anonymous said...

I just realized something: Do they ever move onto the next grade? The 3 comics you mentioned opens with the first day back from summer, and they have the same teacher every time! Did they flunk everything that the TRS-80 doesn't mention in their electronic encyclopedia? And dear god, this comic sucks! In my opinion, this and Marville are the worst ones I've seen (just hope I survive Holy Terror when that episode comes).

Also...HELPIMBEINGHELDHOSTAGEBYTHECHURCJOFTANDYANDARETRYINGTOMAKEMEBECOMEONEOF...THEM!SOMEONEPLEASEHELPMEIDONTCAREIFITSLEWISORWHATEVERJUSTPLEASEHELPTHISTEENAGWRWITHHOPESANDDREAMS!DOITBEFORETHEYFINDOUTIMCOMMENTINGVIAMYiPHONE!agnEGJCATJC

All hail the Tandy Corporation. Repent and accept Alec and Shanna as your new lords and saviors. Take drugs and you'll go straight to electronic hell

Vekh&vekh said...

When they say "Lunch Recess," it's not really an error or stupid. In general, there are three recesses in elementary school, and they're referred to as First, Lunch, and Last recesses respectively. Just sayin'

Grady Childs said...

Whoa...the Tandy Computer Wiz Kids just know how to cause you to have a complete mental breakdown.

Looks like just with All Star Batman and Robin time is broken with this comic.

DarkMeir said...

I AM IRON MAN....PUNCH!

Lotus Prince said...

I also tweeted this, so my apologies for redundancy.

I argue that "clients misery for money" does not need an apostrophe. The company gives them misery for money. If there were an apostrophe, then the clients would be giving the drug dealers misery, and would be RECEIVING money. The apostrophe would imply that the misery belongs to the clients. If you wanted an apostrophe, then you'd instead say that the dealers trade the clients' money for misery.

Christian Alonso said...

First I want to say another awesome review linkara and here's to your 250th (cheers).

Second, your joke about the whole lab drug thing was funny and a bit true since you know meth labs. I know there are some that looks ghetto as hell but there are a few that do look like an actual lab (hence why it's call a meth lab). Insert your Breaking Bad joke somewhere around here:

Anonymous said...

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Lewis Lovhaug said...

"When they say "Lunch Recess," it's not really an error or stupid. In general, there are three recesses in elementary school, and they're referred to as First, Lunch, and Last recesses respectively. Just sayin'"

That must be a regional thing, because when I was in elementary school (TWO mind you in different states), we had ONE recess after lunch and that was it.

Megan said...

"That must be a regional thing, because when I was in elementary school (TWO mind you in different states), we had ONE recess after lunch and that was it."

Yeah, same here. One recess, unless you had P.E., then you got to be outside twice a day. Of course, I liked recess better because it was not as structured as P.E.

Yes, believe it or not, there was a time when recess was all about simply running around and having fun. Oh, and burning your butts on the hot metal slides, jumping off the top of the jungle gym, making yourself dizzy on the merry-go-round, trying to achieve orbit on the swings, attempting to knock each other off the monkey bars...you know, fun stuff for kids!

...Good God, how did we survive... ;)

AmuroNT1 said...

My God, Alec and Shanna are the biggest tools on the planet. I know people snark about the original Power Rangers doing the same kinds of things, but at least you can believe a high school senior working as a camp councilor more than a 12-year-old.

Also, if we hadn't actually met Alec and Shanna's parents, I'd have suggested that they were the teacher's children and her obsessive focus on them was just good, old-fashioned nepotism.

On an unrelated note, I didn't notice it originally, but in that panel you showed from Fit to Win there's a black boy sitting behind Alec whose eyes seem to be rolling back into his head. Maybe he's trying to summon the Elder God Nyarlathotep; won't he be surprised when what he gets is a silver-haired anime girl?

And you've gotta love how the drug-pushing kids' attempt to get new people hooked is what the Simpsons called the "super-liminal" approach ("Hey you! Start doing drugs!")

Des Shinta said...

Ah the combine harvester Sanity Slippage Montage, how I have missed you.
To be fair in the rarity of it's use, the character has built up his mental tolerance for Crap.
Ha, PsyWeedle.

Happy 250th episode, Lewis. I'm looking forward to what you have next. More HoPR with the show's worst years (And RPM, because RPM Rocks), The Halloween 'Thing' Month. Secret Origins 4, Moarte's Longbox of the Damned, and what you have planned for next year.

PopCultureOtaku said...

Merry Christmas In July and Happy 250 episode.
Oh the tandy kids. I give these something they are lot more fun cause of how stupid they then a lot other crap out there.
All the spelling and errors are especially funny this book starring kids in school.
You should not be surprised that this comic can't drugs right when they can't even kids right. I wouldn't be surprised tr to say that hotline would shut down all drug use.

Anonymous said...

Given the information we have from the new 52 it's interesting to go back and watch Wonder Woman and Superman work together and the obvious sexual tension that is present. Any chance to work together eh guys?

Laura Case said...

Happy 250th episode! Pretty soon will be the 300th. ^.^

Anyway, Loved the review. Its now one of my favorites.
I love the mental break down part. Had me in tears of laughter. ^.^
I was also really happy to see that this was PSA Hell because those are my favorites. :)
Also, I love to compare my school, to the school that the Whiz Kids go to. I'm just as shocked as you are that this school hasn't been shut down yet. x3

Great review as always. :) Can't wait to find out what comic is gonna be reviewed for my birthday. ^.^

Anonymous said...

I thought JJ, too, but on second thought drug dealer scientist guy looks more like the love child of Jameson and The Comedian.

GoldenKing said...

We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! We have entered an endless recursion of time, Linkara! Wait, I broke the Endless Eight, continue.

Gibbeynator said...

In the final issue, we find out that Alec and Shanna are living inside a Tandy computer powered virtual reality construct where it's always the first day back after summer break, class lasts five minutes, and they're insanely popular despite being colossal tools. It also explains why Duke Nukem showed up that one time, someone installed the game on the computer running the simulation.

Anonymous said...

Just a minor error, Linkara, but a popular tactic of drug dealers is to give away a hit or dosage for free to hook and addict a potential future buyer and have them coming back for more.

Anonymous said...

Okay I got out of the Church of Tabdy with my free will and everything. Though I do have a sudden urge to buy a new computer. Also my theory about Allen being Alec is probably wrong, it turns out Alec is now the church's leader and Shanna is now in psychiatric counseling after having been deprogrammed....

(OOC: Okay enough of my lame "cult kidnapping trilogy", point is Tandy Computer Whiz Kids is nuts. And yes, I did read your Twitter)

Shanethefilmmaker said...

The ads finally work again. Now that I think about it he does look like Chase.

Wow I never seen the reset button coming.

As for those idiot dealers, ya that's not how real ones act. In fact some of them act like regular normal people. I knew a couple in highschool and they never pressured anyone into doing stuff. Their policy is you either do it or don't. Of course depending on the drug they deal it varies. Weed dealers are the most normal, but crack dealers would probably be screwy.

Still I find it kinda funny how the dealers say that the Tandy's wouldn't believe them, when they once helped Superman.

Nice to see Combine Harvester again.

I think you can rule out Tommy looking like Danny Chase and actually being an undercover Danny Chase.

hehe boner.

Rhodoferax said...

The thing with the hair colours is actually plausible. The mum obviously has only recessive alleles, but the dad could be either BB or Bb. If he's Bb, then he might have passed the allele for fair hair on to Alec and for dark hair on to Shanna.

How could you review an entire comic about the evils of drugs without so much as a mention of Snowflame?

But yeah, this comic was stupid. I'd better go do some drugs to take my mind off it.

Rowdy C said...

Don't beat yourself up, Linkara. You're doing sequel reviews to all of the stuff we WANT to see!!

Anonymous said...

At first I thought this editor was just incompetent, then a far worse thought came to me. What if this man actually is a great editor, and this was the best he could do with the incompetent writers?

And we (yet again) see one of the major problems with these damn PSA's. Zero effort is put into actually figuring out what the conditions and environment are like, so it serves no purpose other than to dull the reader to sleep. It's like a war movie that gets all the tactics horribly wrong, only without the explosions and stirring music to convince the audience to forgive it and with a lot of terrible dialogue.

Minor note Linkara. You missed a grammar/spelling error, specifically "discription" shown at 22:43 (same page as the double riding skateboard).

Zanya said...

Ihr Engagement für die Sache der Grammatik Reich freut uns, herr Løvhaug!

And damn, you had a whole section about people in science in the drug trade and not one Breaking Bad shout-out?

Anonymous said...

I think it says "most often escape detection," not "must." It's sort of hard to tell, but it's either an O that got too narrow or a U with an extra line on top. The O would make more sense, so I'm going with that. The sentence still sounds a bit awkward though, so I guess it still counts toward the spelling/grammar errors.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it; how can a comic with such a banal setting and such a banal premise (yet another drug PSA) be THIS disconnected from reality? I wonder if you weren't on to something when you said that the comic creators never encountered a real child. Based on their impression that a skateboard can be ridden by two people at once, their choice of hair color for individual members of a family being chosen seemingly at random, their idea of how a school and its programs are run, and (of course) the children acting nothing like children or even human beings... given all that, I'm seriously concerned about whether the creators of this comic have spent enough time in the real world.

On another note, when that drug dealer said he was going to take care of Shanna and the hotline, I was kind of expecting something along the lines of a kidnapping or blackmail; you know, something more evil than just making up a lie that could have been easily debunked. Then again, given how quickly the drug ring fell apart and how easy it was for Alec and Shanna to obtain strong evidence against them, I think it was made clear that these were pretty lame drug dealers.

rdfox said...

I was going to mention Realistic being Radio Shack's house brand for consumer electronics (my dad still has, and still uses, his vintage '81 Realistic CB radio!), but someone else covered that.

Personally, I thought the Shaft-looking dude was Ultimate Nick Fury and/or Samuel L. Jackson.

Ironically, despite not giving us product numbers or anything, the comic DID still spend all its effort on drawing the Radio Shack products with all the tender loving detail that none of the characters had. I can identify that computer as a Tandy 1000SX, and while I don't remember the model number, I actually *have* exactly that camcorder stashed away in a box somewhere still.

Also, if memory serves, these comics came out every six months, with one issue in March and one in September, so that might explain why so many feature the kids talking about their summer vacations--half of them came out just as school was starting back up.

...so... you have a set of little balls and a set of big balls? Cue the AC/DC MP3!

Anonymous said...

I was was hoping for a snowflame joke at some point but another good episode. At4w is the only show I watch weekly that has gone on longer than 50 episodes and I'm happy to stick with it until your done. Happy 250th. Also I loved the Madoka reference.

Greg Byrne said...

at 6:01 It says "most often avoid detection"

Sijo said...

Well, I finally figured out how to disable my adblock... and I still see no ads? What the heck?

Anyway. First, congratulations on your 250th episode, Lewis. They've all been great, and I hope there are many more.

Man, even the Tandy Whiz Kids comics just got worse over time, eh? Couldn't they have had at least a cameo by *actual* Archie characters? That would at least have been interesting.

Personally, I think you should've saved a more notorious comic for this episode (like the issue of ASBAR you did last time.) Still, that was the funniest character meltdown I've ever seen. Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you passed up a golden opportunity to make a "Breaking Bad" joke with the big bad and his secret lab of drugs.

Chelsey Magnuson said...

Congratulations on 250 episodes!! Here's to 250+ more =D

I hope you're not seriously beating yourself up over the scheduling choice - I actually thought you did it on purpose and have really enjoyed getting back to all these...erm, wonderful comic series! (...though I'm sure I'll take that "erm" back when Marville returns...)

Shanethefilmmaker said...

Wait a Christmas intro in July. Damnit Lord Slug froze the planet again didn't he.

Adam Burchfield said...

@anonymous:
"This review was hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing when the Wurzels(sp?)song started playing. I do have one small nit-pick in an otherwise awesome review. You did another PCP/pop mistake int the beginning. When they were in the lab, you counted the "Must" as the second or third grammar mistake, but the comic really read "most". Still, awesome review, and may you have another 250 episodes!"
To be fair, the inking of that word is off, so it still is an error, albeit a printing error

Trekker4747 said...

Tommy, to me, looks a lot like a young James Gordon Jr.

Watchmaker said...

Do I have to be the one to say it?

Oh, all right, then.

Of course he doesn't have blue balls, with how he's milking that boner joke.


I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry.

FugueforFrog said...

It's been a while since the last "Combine Harvester" bit, so this one was just hilarious to see.

And yeah, the kids are plants and they just reset them every time. I think somehow that they think that the Wiz Kids characters are like the Archie ones where kids grow out of it and another set take over, thus no need to get out of the stupid "summer vacation" mode and give these idiots, you know, real personalities and actions behind whatever they do. Shame Shanna dropped her pigtails though...but hey, I sort of thought the bullies reminded me of ones from Ben 10 more than Danny Chase myself.

Sort of wonder if that Deadpool mask will be used in the near future though...or if there should be an ultimate showdown of Alec and Shanna vs. Snowflame...

Anonymous said...

As much as I hate being that guy, there really is only one response to that bumper.

And in conclusion, penis penis penis.

That's...literally all I'm taking away from this episode.

Jeff Jacobson said...

I think you're right about Alec and Shanna being adopted. Their mom appears to be the adult version of Little Orphan Annie.

DMaster said...

I'm with an Anonymous poster above: the second Lovhaug posted that tweet, I immediately thought Edward Blake.

Nero Angelo said...

Gee Lewis, ya' sure like talkin' about your balls, eh? Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

Anonymous said...

Love the grammatical "were" error in the ending comments of the video.

Alex Perez said...

Woah, I didn't expect you to make a Madoka Magica reference. Awesome. ^_^

Arianne said...

I'll admit that I don't like seeing Linkara go bonkers, get Drunk or deal with a hangover because of the suckage level of the comics is too high. Happy 250th Episode. This recent Tandy Kid computer's comic review has a high level of suck and is starting to effect me a bit. Luckily,I have plans to listen to some awesome music in the near future. I think, I could have written out a better PSA than this one. I wonder who hit the Reset button ?. As for the mystery of Allen. I'm not makin' any guesses. Other Dudes could do that. I'm going to listen to something awesome to replenish that feeling since this comic review drained it.

Lizard-Man said...

I know people usually like RT you and everything for this stuff, but I got no twitter account.

Anyway, this was pretty funny review and everything. Especially the part with the high on life stuff and "The miracle of Mylar!"

Back to what I wanted to talk about, could you please give a kickstarter I'm backing a look? It's called "World War Kaiju" and is a really awesome comic. If you could like advertise it on on your twitter or something at the very elast, that would be really helpful to getting it to it's goal.

Give it a look if you can:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/309827462/world-war-kaiju-graphic-novel

Mike Perron said...

First of all, congrats on 250 episodes. Did some quick math (for no reason really), if we assume that the average length of an episode is 20 minutes. That works out to 83.33333 hours of episodes. Nicely done sir.

I love these Tandy episodes. They are some of my favourites in your entire catalogue.

I absolutely love the Clone High reference in the title card. I don't know who's idea it was, but it is fantastic!

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"Wait a Christmas intro in July. Damnit Lord Slug froze the planet again didn't he."

I AM CHAMPION OF CHRISTMAS.

Toby'c said...

The bit with the Weedle appearing mid-rant - shout out to Spoony's Highlander II review? ("Why am I in a Starfleet uniform?!")

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"The bit with the Weedle appearing mid-rant - shout out to Spoony's Highlander II review? ("Why am I in a Starfleet uniform?!""

Yup! Plus an excuse to show off the Weedle plushie my prop lady made.

Konsolero said...

I missed Beppo the invisible monkey in the review. Imo it would have been a great episode to bring him back.

Also does anyone else think that the hoody guy on the title card might be Todd?

Lord_Theta said...

Wait... what was Reed Richards doing in that drug lab?

Amnesia said...

If there's a sudden spike in sales of playpen balls, you should get a share of the profits. I mean, who wouldn't want to have colorful balls of varying sizes like Linkara?

Another "Linking Up with Linkara" segment practically writes itself.

Anonymous said...

um....regarding the parents, why are they decked out in outfits right out of the 1950s?

Anonymous said...

Ugh, this amount of insanity seems like a harbinger of things to come once the next Marville review happens... You have my sympathies. XD Also, I have to say, that Weedle is absolutely awesome. I'm kinda hoping it joins the ranks of Bear and the Pretty Bunny as a semi-recurring gag.

Michael Clayton-Brown said...

WOOOO LINKARA BRAKEDOWN....wait...I shouldn't sound so happy about that now should I.

Ether way another great review and I'm ecstatic right now since you returned my favorite gag of the show ^^ shame you don't do the combine harvester thing all that often...then again If you did it'd just turn into the goddamn batman and if that happens I shall be sure to send my army of immortal ninja squirrels after you mwahahahaha MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

I find it sad that I actually missed the ridiculous, long-winded, and boring pieces of dialogue about computers this issue.

Robin Adams said...

I like the interpretation that Miss Wilson is insane, and every morning thinks it's the first day after summer vacation. By now, the kids are just humoring her.

Anonymous said...

@Lord_Theta
"Wait... what was Reed Richards doing in that drug lab?"

He fell on hard times after sue left him
now he has allied himself with Dr. Doom, and is plotting revenge on Johnny Quest and his children, the Hardy Boys

Aroan said...

Did Blip change the regions that Ads happen in? I live in Canada and wasn't getting em before, but I am now. Not complaining by any means Just hoping they'll stick around.
Gonna re-watch a few older episodes now that they are playing.

Rob Green MN said...

By god I think this Comic rivals the Idiotic comic Marville, and at the same time the jokes and your reactions in the review were some of your funniest yet. This episode is now in my top 5 favorite episodes you've done so far. Keep up the good work Linkara.

sabretiger said...

Great review! From what I can tell, the Whiz Kids come back from summer vacation in about half the comics. I've even seen one scan of a different comic that has the exact same establishing shot of the school as To Answer a Riddle, complete with the exact same dialogue from Ms. Wilson.

Tia Wheeler said...

That's odd... it's like someone used the Return to the Past machine from Code Lyoko.

Wow, this comic missed the mark with its drug related messages. Even some of the other crappy comics that were reviewed on the show (PSA or not)at least gave various reasons why drugs were bad (e.g. making you see people that aren't there, a zombified version of your child, etc.) But that still doesn't excuse the fact that it caused yet another mental breakdown for our beloved comic reviewer.

Thankfully, Linkara has the balls to handle such idiotically bad stories on a weekly basis.

Roach said...

Oh, good. I'm not the only one who saw that little red head at the back of the class and thought he looked like Danny Chase. Also, the one drug dealer/scientist with blond hair and glasses reminded me of Barry Allen.

Plot Twist! It will one day be revealed that the Tandy Wiz-Kid comics are actually some kind of alternate dimension/purgatory run by Alec and Shanna, for characters from other comics. And they have brainwashed them in to believing they are merely background characters in Alec and Shanna's lives, forcing them to relive alternate scenarios of the same first day back from summer break.

Greg Byrne said...

Can you do another Doctor Who comic? It is the 50th year of it's life. Also which is your favorite modern Doctor? Go Eccelston!

Lady Wulff said...

I always thought Marville would be the final straw of the sanity camel's back...

The insanity montage was freaking hilarious. I can only wonder how the next Marville is going to go over now.

Dark Patrician said...

You know, your month of sequels make sense, there are lot of comic book sequel movies released in summer...okay its a stretch but I got nothing else.

Your Asthma medicine will only lead to some sort of Asthma monster, that is why you can't have it!

Maybe Shanna and Alec have hypnotic powers and have the teacher, class, and school board under their mind control, that would explain everything!

I'm kind of surprised there wasn't a “Space is bent and time is warped” clip...but the rant works too.

Okay again, weirdness on my end with the commercial break...in the time it took for the commercials to end, you could have literally have gone through the episode up to that point.

This is a drug/computer based comic Linkara...not a comic book based on safety and logic, that's why 2 people can ride a skateboard.

Hey the “Combine Harvester” music...that's the joke you haven't used for years!...I think. I was kind of expecting Linksano to be hit by a door for some reason. Also it really looked like you and Weedle were having some sort of Psychic battle....a Psychic Weedle, a PsyWeedle if you will...now where have I heard of that before?

Next great crossover event: Dragnet/Mr. T.

A great 250 down, hopefully an infinite number to go.

Ming said...

Good review and happy 250th episode.

Ha! Haven't seen a nervous breakdown Combine Harvester gag in a while! I have a feeling this will probably show up soon, probably during another Marville beatdown . . .

You know, for a Tandy Computer Whiz Kids comic, there aren't enough pages of kids promoting the products! They spend too much time saying "drugs are bad" but never showing why drugs are bad. And don't get me started on the grammar errors! Have they never heard of proofreading?

Seriously, why put kids in charge of a hotline for substance abuse? Maybe if we have college students, that would work out just fine, but preteens?

Megan said...

Off Topic: Lewis,what are your thoughts on Neil Gaiman returning to the 'Sandman' series? I'm excited as hell. :D

Dan Fawaz said...

Did...did you just sneak a Sound of Music reference in there?! I need to high five you later.

Balmut said...

"Just say no"
Do you know about the anti-drug song "Just say no"? At least one of the kids singing it smoked weed in the White House during the tour! :S

Robert Willing said...

Hey Lewis question...my dad (since the computer I have the collection of your videos on belongs to him) is being VERY Cautious about copywritten material (in this cause your reviews themselves and NOT the material ON them) so I have to ask, for most online reviews the copyrights are just as far as the ad revenue, that if anyone was to do what I've done, compile what you posted online for my own use, is NOT "Sue worthy" or anything correct? (sorry but my dad is VERY precise on how he wants things on his computer)

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"Hey Lewis question...my dad (since the computer I have the collection of your videos on belongs to him) is being VERY Cautious about copywritten material (in this cause your reviews themselves and NOT the material ON them) so I have to ask, for most online reviews the copyrights are just as far as the ad revenue, that if anyone was to do what I've done, compile what you posted online for my own use, is NOT "Sue worthy" or anything correct? (sorry but my dad is VERY precise on how he wants things on his computer)"

That is correct - you will not get sued because you have a copy of my reviews on your computer.

KKDW said...

So, I wonder how many people reacted to the revelation that Alec and Shanna are siblings with "DAMMIT, I as shipping them!!"

lost_limey said...

KKDW - As anyone who has ever read Supernatural fan fiction will attest, being siblings is no impediment to shipping.

*shudder* So. Much. Wincest.

KKDW said...

"being siblings is no impediment to shipping."

Well then, hopefully the sane shippers would have that reaction.

le-messor said...

So, it's the middle of winter here, in July...
(But not snowing. It hardly ever snows in Canberra.)

I hate when the Alec and Shannah say 'we don't need drugs, we feel good about ourselves' in a PSA. That's great for this good-looking pair of popular kids with loving like-minded siblings with two apparently loving parents and the ability to heal from wheelchair dependency between panels... but a lot of kids turn to drugs because they DON'T have that, and DON'T feel good about themselves.

The kids look like they might've aged, and are maybe now in high school. Why the same teacher, though? Maybe she's Joo Dee?

~ Mik

Anonymous said...

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"The Alot is Better Than You at Everything"

Chaos15 said...

MADOKA MAGICA REFERENCE!
Linkara you give me even more reasons to like you!

Felix A. Whitehead said...

I get the impression that pretty much everyone on this world is a literal plant - Pod People invaded this Earth and everyone is assimilated, and there are just a few stragglers left

Anonymous said...

Sadly the Whiz Kids are the only ones indoctrinated by Radio Shack to be easily impressed by their products:

http://youtu.be/s2NVt6KnMHo

Tim Malear said...

So...how did those kids get INTO the bar for that meeting with "Buzz?"