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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

O, Cruel Irony

Tonight was one of the episodes of Justice League Unlimited that I'd been dying to see. Entitled, "The Great Brain Robbery," it concerned the Flash and Lex Luthor switching bodies. Of course, the whole in-joke was that Michael Rosenbaum, who does the voice of the Flash, also plays Lex Luthor on Smallville. So, for the first time ever, we'd get to hear Rosenbaum speak his Lex Luthor voice on Justice League Unlimited.

So, naturally, when I sat down to watch Justice League Unlimited this Wednesday night, there was no sound on YTV.

That's what you call irony.

I wound up watching it with the closed captioning on. There were still great moments. Like when Lex-in-Flash's-body decides to make the most of the situation.

Lex-in-Flash's-body>> Well, if nothing else, I can finally learn the true identity of the Flash!
(He removes his mask and looks in a mirror)
Lex-in-Flash's-body>> I have no idea who this is.

Or, when Flash-in-Lex's-body is trying to mingle unnoticed with all the other supervillains. Here's right after Dr. Polaris corners him in the washroom....

Dr. Polaris>> Wait. Aren't you going to wash your hands?
Flash-in-Lex's-body>> No. Cuz I'm evil.

Good thing it's on again on Saturday.

I've also been surfing the web, pricing out some radio plays. I do enjoy radio plays, and you can still buy some on CD. You have to go to bookstores and go digging through the Audiobooks section. In case you're curious, here's some radio plays on CD you can get me someday:

Two Plays for Voices - As a fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund, fantasy author extrodinare Neil Gaiman adapted two of his short stories into radio plays. Gaiman's radio scripts were then fully produced by the Sci-Fi Channel. The two Gaiman short stories adapted for radio were: Snow, Glass, Apples, a re-imagining of Snow White in which Snow White is a vampire, Prince Charming is a necrophiliac, and the Wicked Queen is actually a kind and benevolent ruler trying to keep everyone in check. The other story was Murder Mysteries, a riff on film noir and its conventions in which the Angel of Vengeance is dispatched by God to find the universe's first-ever murderer.

Star Wars - Yup, George Lucas allowed NPR (the USA's answer to CBC radio) to adapt Star Wars into a radio play as a fundraiser. It was produced way back in 1981. Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels were the only ones who reprised their movie roles...Brock Peters took over as the voice of Darth Vader. NPR then went on to adapt The Empire Strikes Back in 1982 and Return of the Jedi in 1996. They're all on CD. The only time I ever saw them on a store shelf was at an English-language bookstore in Japan. The only reason why I didn't buy them was I balked at the ¥150,000 asking price. (That's about $160.) And that was just for one. Next time I'm at Chapters I should see about special ordering.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Did you know that Douglas Adams' sci-fi/comedy classic originally started as a BBC radio play? It's true. In fact, the first two books in the series are simply the novelization of the whole series. Again, the original radio plays have been release on CD, and I wouldn't mind hearing where it all began.

So, yeah. Keep that in mind for my birthday.

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