30th Aug2013

West Week Ever – 8/30/13

by Will

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So, I can’t really start this post without acknowledging MLK and the March on Washington, or else The Council will come after me and my Black License won’t be renewed. In any case, this week marked the 50th anniversary of that day, with events and speakers to commemorate it. Let’s for a minute imagine if the Internet were segregated. Luckily, it’s not but that may not have been the case had it been created 50 years ago. Let’s not get into the science of “How do you segregate the Internet?” I guess you’d use the same kinda filters and shit that China uses. Anyway, if that were the case, I’d have about 3 people reading this post (I know on which side my bread is buttered!). My mom and aunts were at the original march, and I’m thankful they fought so that I didn’t have to. Now, I have the luxury of skipping the commemorative march, and blogging for white people about Power Rangers. Progress! Anyway, the anniversary ain’t winning West Week Ever ’cause there were too many agendas trying to co-opt it from its true intention: to remember the original march and what it stood for. It was NOT a platform for “What would MLK say about drones?”, but that didn’t stop folks from trying. So, the commemoration sucked, but here’s to all those folks who fought the good fight 50 years ago.

The week began with the MTV Video Music Awards, and everything that came with them. I don’t have time to talk about Miley, but I mentioned her, so that should help my SEO score for the week. No, I’m here to talk about *NSYNC. If you didn’t see the show, Justin Timberlake received the Video Vanguard Award, which is like the VMA version of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Before receiving it, however, he performed almost 20 minutes, counting backwards through his hits. Once he hit the *NSYNC era, the guys came out and helped him sing snippets of “Gone” and “Bye Bye Bye”. And then they went bye bye bye.At the end of the day, it was great to see them, and it was nice that Justin dedicated his award to them, seeing as how half of his VMAs were won while he was with the group. Did I want more of a performance from them? Of course, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers. And I still don’t know what JC’s “Baby baby” riff was all about there at the end…

Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the airing of “Day of the Dumpster” – the first episode of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. I’ve already documented my relationship to the Power Rangers franchise many times, so this isn’t gonna be a gushfest. If anything, I just can’t believe that it’s been 20 years. I remember watching that episode like it was yesterday, and when it was over, saying “This piece of crap won’t last.” And here we are. If you’ve never watched DotD, here’s the episode, but I warn you that it hasn’t aged well. I will say that I never put two and two together before, but Amy Jo Johnson is clearly responsible for my love of little shorts. Thank the good Lord for little shorts!

 

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Apparently, Alan Shore is gonna be Ultron in the next Avengers movie. Not bad casting. Not bad casting at all!

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On the toy front, some of you may have seen my Batman ’66 figures on Instagram. I’m not really a toy review guy, so I’m not gonna get too indepth here. I will say that Penguin is the best of the three that I got. Riddler looks enough like Riddler, but doesn’t really emote as Frank Gorshin. It was really a missed opportunity. As for Batman, his cape is ratty, like they didn’t even try to care when making it. The old Super Powers capes look like something from a Nolan movie compared to this cape. I’m hoping the Batman in the 2-pack with Robin will be better executed. One thing they don’t tell you about those collector’s cards is that the backs seem to form a Batcave diorama. This will be cool once I get all the figures, but it’s still gonna look weird since the cards aren’t taller than the figures.

I was all over the place this week! First, I pseudo-took over UnderScoopFire as I contributed to the following posts:

5 Fashions & Accessories Made Iconic by One Person

9 More Ways AMC Can Try to Trick You Into Watching Low Winter Sun

And if that wasn’t enough, they even invited me on episode #71 of their podcast to discuss Batfleck and other stuff. Listen here.

In the meantime, I’ve hooked up with a little outfit called The Nerds of Color. Basically, we’re nerds of color talking about nerdy shit. You can read my first post for them, “The Comical Life Of Will West: An Origin Tale”, here. And if you’re a nerd of color, ask me how you can join the team!

One said bye one last time, while the other taught your grandma the word “twerk”. One morphed into the public consciousness, while the other set us free at last. Only one, however, had the West Week Ever.

I already said it couldn’t be the march. Twenty years, y’all! Twenty years of dubbed footage and bad acting. It’s like if you kept turning in mediocre grades and they kept promoting you. Don’t get me wrong – I love the Hell out of this franchise, but NOTHING ever made me think it would almost be old enough to drink. Power Rangers has been a juggernaut with unprecedented success. Twenty years ain’t nothing to sneeze at, so that’s why Power Rangers had the West Week Ever.