This is the final episode of the 3 part M.A.N.T.I.S. review. This time, after showing you the TV Movie, then the Pilot, I take you through a brief summary of the 1st half of Season 1, and describe how great it is, but then I get into a detailed analysis of why the 2nd half of Season 1 is a complete and utter disaster.
Now that you’ve learned of the TV Movie, I show you the TV Pilot for the M.A.N.T.I.S. TV show. The character Miles Hawkins (as MANTIS) and the same actor playing him (Carl Lumbly) return. An all-new cast appears for a new concept on the M.A.N.T.I.S. that is an entirely different direction and tone than the TV movie. Now, M.A.N.T.I.S. is an action-adventure show for ‘all audiences’ in a prime-time network slot. Watch the TV Pilot and my mussing on it, and how though it was changed from it’s original incarnation, it is still a very good series.
This begins my look at the Live-Action MANTIS TV Movie and the Live-Action MANTIS TV series (all from 1994 – 1995). There are 3 distinctly different MANTIS universes, but to understand where I’m coming from, first I’ll briefly summarize and explain the 2 Hour TV Movie, MANTIS. This is about a black, disabled, millionaire, scientist, superhero. No, wait, that’s suppose to be a secret. Did I also forget to mention that it’s 100% black actors (main characters) that deals with gang violence?
In the TV movie, you are learning about the MANTIS through a mortician and reporters eyes as they try to find out who this new mysterious ‘superhero’ is, while MANTIS tries to prevent a gang war and election fraud. It’s much more exciting that I make it sound in that sentence.
The first video game review on Murphy’s Media Memories. This game is Megarace. You remember it more for it’s host who is just bizarre and makes bad jokes than you do for the actual game itself (which is still fun).
What’s it lie to read a comic book on a CD-ROM? That’s what Marvel Comics asked in 1995, and why we have this obscure experiment of comics on CD when Cd-ROM technology was just gaining ground. There were plenty of ways to make it more ‘interactive’ like including sound effects and videos. See how it all comes together and try to read through the chaos.
Yes, it’s time for something popular from my memories, but a little different than most people do it (since there are most likely millions of reviews of this show on the internet). In this episode, I spend a lot of time going over Morph’s character arc on the series, as well as describing his comic book origins; as Morph was my favorite character. I also go over the DVD release, and how they don’t show what I remember of them because I grew up with the episode premiere that was full of errors. Also see the original TV Pilot “Pryde of the X-Men” and it’s arcade game. There’s a quick look at episodes I remember and spin-offs that were done (comics based on cartoons based on comics, for example), and even information about the air dates versus the story order.
That title is no joke. This is a board game / RPG game that I created after watching Jurassic Park and playing only 1 hour of a Dungeon & Dragons-like game.
While at my cousin’s place one day, he had me play this game that only required listening and then stating what you want to do (I do not remember if there were weapons and spells, or even items) and I tried to create a game similar to that, but ended up merging it with a board game. It was a board game where you couldn’t see the board, but had to listen to what I was describing so you wouldn’t go the wrong way.
However, this ‘board’ game, ended up being on over 30 pages of large Notebook paper. It started only as Jurassic Park, then every day or so, I would add another board (or another licensed property), until it was an immensely large game.
So, this is the latest episode I look back at this game I made when I was 12, without having looked at it in almost 20 years.
I uncovered this long lost book from my distance past; a book full of words and pictures created by Shawn Padraic Murphy, Age 7. What did I write about? Dinosaurs of course. There wasn’t a kid who wasn’t into the dinosaur craze. So, how does my book still hold up?
What you about to watch is my natural reaction to the book, as I filmed it all in one take to see how I thought upon seeing text I wrote over 24 years ago.