Entries by Jim Bevan

Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 6: The Thrill Of The Hunt

(inspired by Toei Company’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Ressha Sentai ToQger, and Saban Capital Group’s Power Rangers) The planet Onyx has long served as a refuge for the scum of the universe. Criminals, underlings to would-be conquerors and dictators, and other barbarous aliens consider the desert world a safe haven. Some visit for a temporary reprieve from the tasks […]

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Top Secret – Subpar Spy Games

(developed and published by James Long)   Top Secret puts players in the role of a recent hire at the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate during the spring and summer of 2013. Instead of keeping tags on suspected terrorists, the new employee is given a high priority task. The Washington Post has received confidential data on […]

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A Preview of Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 6

The planet Onyx has long served as a refuge for the scum of the universe. Criminals, underlings to would-be conquerors and dictators, and other barbarous aliens consider the desert world a safe haven. Some visit for a temporary reprieve from the tasks put on them by their masters, others to conduct illicit deals free from the […]

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Les’ Science Fiction Alien Hall of Fame #31 & #32 – Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd (Nominated by Jim Bevan)

Les: Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to give thanks to Jim Bevan who has, once again, volunteered an entry to my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame.  What makes this entry so great, is I’m unfamiliar with his selection as I didn’t see MMPR back in the day, so sit back, relax and let Jim present […]

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Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 5: Storm Warning

(inspired by Toei Company’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Ressha Sentai ToQger, and Saban Capital Group’s Power Rangers) June 28, 2024 In the wake of the reactor’s explosion, work to assess the damage done to Helios Labs had been swift. While there was no lingering radiation, a danger was still present. As the source of the disruption that had opened […]

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Two Whovians (Les & Jim) Look at “Power of the Daleks”

  Jim: Being a fan of classic Doctor Who comes with one huge disadvantage – many of the classic episodes simply don’t exist anymore. The BBC was very short-sighted in considering how influential the show was and didn’t see much value in preserving early serials for future viewing. They didn’t want to set aside the […]

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Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 4: Burnout

(inspired by Toei Company’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Ressha Sentai ToQger, and Saban Capital Group’s Power Rangers) June 18, 2024 Jessie let out a battle cry as he leaped towards his enemy, Sol Dagger ready to strike. The Rangers had been called to respond to a monster sighting in a nearby park, and had just gotten sight of […]

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Preview of Power Rangers Helios Chapter 4

(Hoping to have the full chapter up over the Thanksgiving weekend. Until then, here’s a sneak peek at the intro for the chapter) June 18, 2024 Jessie let out a battle cry as he leaped towards his enemy, Sol Dagger ready to strike. The Rangers had been called to respond to a monster sighting in […]

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Spider-Man/Deadpool #11 (A Red Ribbon Review)

  (This article is written in association with Red Ribbon Reviewers, an annual project designed to spread HIV and AIDS awareness. For more information on how you can help those afflicted with these diseases, please consult the following resources: Red Ribbon Reviewers, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and AIDS.gov )   It’s not uncommon for celebrities […]

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Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 3: Claustrophobic

(inspired by Toei Company’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Ressha Sentai ToQger, and Saban Capital Group’s Power Rangers) June 13, 2024 “You’re gonna love this one.” A middle-aged man escorted a woman in her 30s to a sleek blue sports sedan on the dealership’s showroom floor. “V8 engine specially formulated to get 50 miles on a gallon of biofuel, […]

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Creepy, Disturbing, and Unsettling Music Videos for Halloween

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Some of the videos featured contain disturbing imagery. Last October I shared a list of some lesser known and unconventional songs that I felt were fitting for the Halloween season. Songs that, through their lyrics, tone, or overall atmosphere, perfectly encapsulate the feelings for this time of year. Of course, when that sound is […]

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Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 2: Ignition (Part 2)

(inspired by Toei Company’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Ressha Sentai ToQger, and Saban Capital Group’s Power Rangers) June 3, 2024 Our universe is not the only one in existence. There are countless realities parallel to our own, some where events progressed in a mostly similar path with only slight changes, others where the course of history took very drastic […]

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A Preview of Power Rangers Helios Chapter 2

First of all, I apologize for not having a new chapter ready yet. I wanted to maintain a better schedule for this series, but I have quickly come upon a stumbling block. The second chapter will feature the first Megazord battle of the series, and I have learned that it’s not that easy to convey […]

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Power Rangers Helios – Chapter 1: Ignition (Part 1)

(inspired by Toei Company’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Ressha Sentai ToQger, and Saban Capital Group’s Power Rangers) (Note: the reason that I’ve assigned voice actors to the roles instead of live-action actors is that I’m not very familiar with martial arts performers and who has auditioned for or aspires to be in the Power Rangers series. So consider this more […]

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My Favorite Episodes of “The Real Ghostbusters”

I never anticipated that people would be discussing Ghostbusters again at any point during my life. I suppose it was inevitable as Hollywood continues to plunder old properties for remakes; they were bound to come across it eventually. And for the sake of my sanity, I will not be discussing the pointless manufactured “controversy” surrounding the […]

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Oxenfree – Secrets Never Stay Buried Forever

(developed and published by Night School Studio) Life hasn’t been easy for Alex lately. Her mother recently remarried and she’s had to adapt to not only a new stepfather but also a stepbrother, Jonas. The transition isn’t going smoothly, mainly because Alex is still coming to terms with the death of her older brother Michael, […]

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The Best Undertale Covers

Few indie games have had as much of an impact on players as Toby Fox’s Undertale. It’s received massive praise for its clever writing, complex characters, depth of themes, engaging combat system, and unique spin it puts on RPG staples like moral choices. An entire blog or series of blogs could be dedicated to just […]

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The Witness – Enigmatic Yet Empty

(Developed and published by Thekla, Inc.) Jonathan Blow’s The Witness pays great homage to the classic adventure game Myst. Players find themselves controlling a nameless, faceless individual who has been transported to a strange island with seemingly no explanation. Upon emerging the player finds a variety of buildings and other structures across the island, their purposes unknown and […]

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A Boxer’s Nursery Rhyme

(an original poem composed by my brother Eric) I entered the boxing match Because I needed the cash. I had no spare stash But once I entered the ring, I began to take it up the butt.   The plan was less than genius. I didn’t realize the realness. It was quite an inconvenience. ‘Cause […]

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