Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ferngully - Robin Williams Blogathon

For the longest time, I thought Ferngully was a Don Bluth film.  It has the hallmarks of it, for sure, like similar character designs and story elements.  And it's biggest similarity is the above Batty Coda, the annoying sidekick, played here by Robin Williams in his first animated feature.  Having seen his fantastic role as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin, it's hard to believe a movie coming out the same year would have him be such an underplayed and awkward role.

Ferngully is the story of fairy Crysta, living in the unspoiled Australian rain forest full of fairies, including Crysta and Pips.  Crysta sneaks out of the canopy and spots smoke on the horizon.  Smoke created by humans, of course.  She goes to investigate it, sees a monster tearing down trees and is captured by a human she got to close to.  She uses her fairy magic to accidentally shrink him down and there's a real nice Tarzan vibe there as he learns about the forest from her.  It's a nice story and could have been left there - the danger of humans clear cutting rain forests. 

But then they throw in an evil spirit named Hexxus, voiced rather seductively by the excellent Tim Curry, who is freed by the monster, in reality a tree-cutting machine and subsequently takes it over to destroy Ferngully.  I'm not even sure why he's there because the humans were heading towards Ferngully anyway, but I guess the movie needed a villain it could kill off.  At least his final scene was awesome as hell.  Why couldn't he look like that through the entire movie and not the black fart that he usually was?

Ferngully takes a lot of cues from Don Buth's classic, Secret of N.I.H.M. and most of them are seen in Batty, a fruit bat that escapes a lab and winds up in Ferngully, where he meets Crysta.  Batty talks - no sings - about the evils of humanity.   So you've basically got Secret's animal testing message and Dom Deluise's irritating Jeffery thrown into one character. Scientists implanted electrodes into Batty's head, which frequently shock him. It's a device which allows for Williams's trademark frantic voice changes, which could have been awesome (as they were in Aladdin, which was released the same year as this, but it's so downplayed here that you'd barely notice. It is only played up in a scene at the end where other main character, Zac, purposefully changes "the channel" to get a result he likes.

Besides this, Batty's only notable scene is his rap about animal testing, which Williams does as well as he could, I guess, but it's so cringy you can barely stand to watch it.  Robin Williams can't save it - that's how terrible it is.  In fact the music in the movie, of which there is a lot, even compared to Disney's library, is generally terrible, with Tone Loc, of "Funky Cold Medina" fame, showing up once to sing a song about eating bugs.  Holy crap was that bad!

Ferngully on its surface looks like a decent lesson in environmental protection.  It's got cute, quirky characters and a scary looking villain.  But looking closer at it, it almost blatantly steals its look after the 2nd biggest animation studio of the time, directed by a guy whose biggest credit before this is story director of Challenge of the Go-Bots.  I wonder how he was able to get Robin Williams to sign on in the first place.

This post is made in part of Real Weegie Midget Reviews Robin Williams Blogathon.  Make sure to click here to see all the other great reviews - better than this movie at least.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Top 5 Soundtrack Songs Pre-2000

Man am I late on this one!  Anyway, I will warn you before you get any further, this list is pretty weak.  It's just not one of my preferred subjects - most of the soundtracks I buy are scores!  I've bought a few that are full of songs, of course, but they're the minority.  Sometime I'll get into my favorite scores, but right now, the Retro Club is talking songs, so let's go.

5. "Weird Science" Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
I can't remember seeing the whole movie Weird Science, but I totally remember the song.  I was actually more of a fan of the series on USA, to be honest.  Still, the song is fun and it definitely has that 80s spirit going for it.

4. "Ghostbusters" Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters
If anyone alive int he 80s ever tells you they don't like this song, feel free to punch them in the mouth.  Ghostbusters is probably the best theme song ever made for a movie, there's no denying it.
I am so glad they were able to get the original version of it for the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, it wouldn't have felt right at all without it.

3. "Rainy Day Parade" Jill Sobule - Mystery Men
Okay, here's my freebie.  It barely comes in the timeframe for the list, with Mystery Men released in 1999, but I'm throwing it here anyway.  This is one of the first soundtracks I bought, and I used to listen to this song more than any of the others.  It was just really sweet and cute and I'm allowed to listen to that if I want to.
2. "Double Back" ZZ Top - Back to the Future III
Every 80s list is going to have a song from the Back to the Future series, it's a given.  And while most lists would probably have Huey Lewis's "Power of Love," I enjoyed ZZ Top's theme from the third one so much better.  In fact, I'd even say I like "Earth Angel" more than the main song.  It's easy to sing along to.

1. "Dare to be Stupid" "Weird Al" Yankovic - Transformers
This is the first CD I ever bought, and it was before I even had a CD player.  I scoured the stores for the cassette when the movie came out with no luck, and 10 years later, I happened to find it and snatched it up.  There are a ton of great songs on there, like Stan Bush's two epics "The Touch" and "Dare," but this Dare happens to be my absolute favorite Weird Al Song, so of course it's my favorite in the album too.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Retro Club's posts here:

Real Weegie Midget Reviews - 5 Reel Retro Soundtrack Songs

Banzie Retro Club - Post and Podcast

Monday, January 22, 2018

Top 5 Favorite Action Figures

I had a lot of toys as a kid, and a lot of favorites, but since I'd rather not spend all day on here, I'm sticking to my 5 favorites - and a warning to you, there's a shitload of Transformers and MASK here.

5. Raven
Just look at that sexy car!  This is the first MASK toy I owned besides that tiny Condor motorcycle everyone seemed to have.  It was so full of awesome action features, I didn't even care that it turned into a boat instead of a jet - this thing was just way better looking that that weird gullwing-doored Thunderhawk.

4. Powermaster Optimus Prime
This is one of the biggest toys I owned and I loved that not only did it include a robot and a base, but that they could combine into an even bigger robot, and there was even a tiny little robot that unlocked the transformation.      When playing with this guy, I'd often pretend it was a MASK toy as well by folding the cab over and imagining the smokestacks were laser turrets, not unlike Rhino (which I never owned, otherwise it would be on this list too).

3. Outlaw
It's funny - pretending Optimus was a MASK toy, and now I have a MASK toy I could pretend was Optimus.  Only the base mode here was way cooler - a launching grapple hook and a giant missile made me forget the similarities with Optimus really fast.  The fact that it came with two figures, including Miles Mayhem (even if he was wearing a different costume) was icing on the VENOM cake.

2. Punch/Counterpunch
This was genuinely one of the most mind-blowing Transformers I ever owned.  Sure, there was triple-changers that had two alt modes before, but this is the first one to have two robot modes.  And they were different factions, allowing him to act as a spy on the Decepticons.  The idea of spies would come up again withe the awesome Powermaster Doubledealer, but that was hindered by his lackluster bird mode.  This figure however, had some of the best articulation of its time, and there was so much potential for fan modes - an airplane, a boat, a supercomputer - so it was often added to my MASK line up next to OP.

1. Countdown
If Optimus above was one of the biggest toys I owned, than this was the one that topped it.  I really loved the whole Micromaster concept - Matchbox car-scaled Transformers that had their own system of transforming bases - and Countdown was the biggest of the bunch.  I had a few others, like its Decepticon counterpart, Skyhopper (which was much smaller), and the much enjoyed Erector.  Putting them all together for a giant city was probably my favorite thing to do.  No MASK connection needed.

Bad Guy Beatdown Round 9 Results

    As the ship approached the blue planet, the Overlord made a startling revelation - the bright azure color was not from the planet’s oceans, but some sort of energy field that had been lashed around the world like a whip.  His pilot, an unnamed tropper of his army back on Sagar, expressed a sudden horror and lamented following Blackstar back to his home planet.
    “Silence!” the Overlord shouted.  “I care not what has happened to this world, as long as I can retrieve the Star Sword and unite the PowerStar.  Now land this craft or you’ll reach the surface much quicker!”
The pilot shuddered and brought the ship to the ground, piercing the billowing blue field. The rear door opened and the energy - some sort of radiation filled the fuselage.  The troopers aboard immediately went slack - their faces developed read legions.  The Overlord observed their eyes turning yellow as they fell into a trance.
“No matter,” he said, exiting the craft.  Upon stepping on the ground, he felt something creeping up on him, something in the air clouding his mind.  He shook it off - as capable of hypnotising a victim’s mind as he was, he could fight off attempts to do so on himself.  Outside of the ship he noticed a meandering crowd of the planet’s denizens, just as mindless as those he brought with him.  This planet’s subjugation will be simpler than he dared dream.  He took the Power Sword from his side and pointed it before him.
A beam of light shot out from the tip of the angular blade and created a glowing orb floating in the air.  The surface of the ball of light shimmered before a vision developed.  “No!” the Overlord shouted, witnessing the smouldering wreck of Blackstar’s ship.  Surrounding the debris was a squad of red-faced soldiers, similar to the people near him, but apparently acting of their own free will.  “I will not allow them to keep the Star Sword from me!”
“Is there anything worthwhile on board?” Razorback asked, standing outside as the rest of the Black Widows rummaged through the crashed ship.
“Why don’t you came and help us find out?” Duchess replied.
“Because Overlord put me in charge of this mission!”
“No, I’m in charge of this mission.”  Razorback spun around to find Overlord directly behind him.  “And every other mission.  Don’t forget it, Razorback.”
“Of course not, sir,” he said, rushing into the wreckage.
“My readings show something incredibly powerful here, Black Widows.  Find it for me, and we’ll finally be able to charge the Zone Generators high enough to take over the entire world.”  Overlord leaned back on his Bullwhip Cannon and watched his minions work.
“Overlord!” Bandit yelled from the front of the craft.  “I’ve found a body.”
He turned his head to a group of Zoners that had amasses around the ship.  “Go help him clear out the rubble and bring me anything interesting,” Overlord told them.  The group wavered before turning to the ship and following Overlord’s orders.  He hadn’t brought any of his formal troopers for just a recon mission, but civilian Zoners work just as well for manual labor.
A Zoner in a ripped sweater vest emerged from the ship carrying a large shining crystal.  “Hey,” Bandit yelped, “I was going to grab that!”  Zoner stumbled towards Overlord, presenting the object.  As it came closer, Overlord noticed whatever it was, it was shaped like a rudimentary sword.  Overlord doubted such an archaic weapon could match his technology, and worse than that, it looked completely uncomfortable to hold.  Worthless.
Just as the Zoner was handing it to Overlord, a blast of white energy struck the Zoner and sent him flying into the craft where it was impaled on a twisted piece of metal.  The sword fell to the ground with a clang.  Overlord reached down but recoiled as soon as the sword rattled on the ground and levitated into the air.
“That sword is mine,” the newcomer said, gesturing for the sword to come to him.  The blade complied as easily as a Zoner did to Overlord’s will.  
“I don’t know who you are or why you can resist the Zone,” Overlord said, pulling a pistol from its holster, “but that sword, and everything else here, belongs to Overlord.”
“You are entirely right,” the purple-faced man said, “Everything belongs to the Overlord.”  Just before the sword reached his grasp, a shot rang out and glanced the blade.  The weapon skittered off onto the ground.  
Overlord aimed the gun up, towards the alien’s head.  “I may not be able to control you, but I can defeat you.  Black Widows, take this fool!”  His troopers emerged from the ship, aiming their weapons past him.
The interloper drew a matching sword from his side, aimed it at the crashed ship, and fired a beam of energy.  Overlord felt the incredible power of the blast as it shot past him - if he’d been on the receiving end, he’d surely have been vaporized.  Instead it struck the ship’s remains, causing a massive explosion that blew the Black Widows and an untold number of Zoners to pieces.  
As the sword swung around to point at him, Overlord panicked for a moment.  But only a moment.  He knelt down and fired two missiles from his backpack.  Rather than aiming directly at the alien, they streaked into the air and exploded above them both, swallowing the sky in inky darkness.
Overlord  scrambled to find the seat of his 8-wheeled tank in the dark, hoping the sensors can find the swordsman even through the void.  Before he could fire up the vehicle, however, a bright flash of light banished the darkness.
The alien held up his sword as it emanated such white energy - if the sky wasn’t pitch black a moment before, Overlord would have definitely been blinded.  
It did make aiming easier.  He spun the Bullwhip Cannon to face his opponent and slammed down the trigger.  The cannon fired, throwing a charged bolo at its target.  As soon as it hits him, the energized chains will wrap around him moments before exploding.  The weapon was powerful enough to clear a forest, it would have no trouble taking down the alien.
If the bolo worked - being sliced in half by the interloper’s sword sent the two sections flying in different directions where they exploded far away from their target.  Overlord shot a second time, a regular energy blast but still strong enough to incinerate a human - or whatever this other Overlord was.  
Strolling towards Overlord, the swordsman deflected each blast with his blade.  Depleted of ammunition, Overlord attempted to run his foe over with this tank, but another beam of light from the sword sent the vehicle flipping over on its side.  
Overlord crawled out from under the vehicle to find he had landed right next to the sword pulled from the ship’s wreckage.  He grasped it, the sword’s square hilt biting into his hand, and prepared to meet the other Overlord in melee combat.
As soon as he got to his feet, the second blade came slicing down through Overlord’s wrist.  A second slash cleaved Overlord in two, the purple face of death being the last thing he ever saw.

Click here to see Blackstar's Overlord respect thread and here to see Spiral Zone's Overlord respect thread.

Spiral Zone's Overlord had only one real advantage and that's his control of Zoners. That unfortunately only applies to opponents who want to keep the innocent zombies safe, something I doubt other Overlord would ever care about. His tech, mainly the Bullwhip Cannon is marginally impressive, but obviously no match for the Power Sword our the Overlord's other various abilities. The only questionable thing I included here is the z Overlord being immune to the Zone's mind controlling ability, but I think someone capable of doing some kind of hypnosis would be potentially unaffected by it, though he'd be able to acknowledge it.

The Winner

To see who the Overlord will be faxing in the next tier, click here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Wrap-Up - 1/17/18

Sorry I missed last week - with Blogger being blocked at my work and the official Android app sucking balls, I had to find a workaround. Luckily, BloggerPro stepped up and I can do decent posts from there while sitting at my desk avoiding work.

So the big news is that I sent of Old School Evil to my editor and am waiting on the corrections to come back. Should be next week! After that, I need to make a lot of changes and the manuscript is done. Well, besides rearranging and naming the chapters. And all the stuff in the appendix.

Next up is the cover which I'm afraid to say I haven't worked on it at all.  I had a perfect opportunity to do it last night and played Fallout 4 all night instead. I don't know why I'm avoiding it, but it's really putting my publishing timeline in question, which bums me out. And that keeps me from doing just about anything.

I really need a refill on my antidepressants...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bad Guy Beatdown Round 9 Overlord vs. Overlord Part 2

Today we're looking at the other Overlord, just Overlord this time. As opposed to many of the villains on this site who have tried to take over the world (or whatever they're trying to do), this guy had practically succeeded already. He's created the Spiral Zone, a massive cloud that has overtaken half the world and enslaved anyone inside it.

Before we get into his powers, let's talk about the Zone for a bit. Inside the Zone are generators that produce some kind of radiation or energy that creates a bluish cloud. Everyone inside that cloud grows big red lesions all over their bodies, there eyes turn yellow and they become zombies of a sorry who have no will to do anything.

Except of course, Overlord's will. Since he created the Zone, he had some sort of power over those inside, which he calls "Zoners". As soon as they're infected, he's able to control their minds, though people with a strong will, like military members might be able to resist for a while.  His mental command even works through television monitors. He's also given free will to four minions he calls the Black Widows. I forgot to add this in, but while most Zone Generators are massive buildings that can infect an entire city, Overlord had two smaller version - a pocket-sized generator Phil enough to encapsulate a large building and a helmet for single-target infection.

Unfortunately, that seems to be about the only power he has. He wears a stupid helmet, and even if it looks like antennas, they don't serve any real propose. Here's still got a few weapons, like a rifle or pistol, which he had lost soon with, and he has a backpack that shoots blackout missiles. Sometimes he wears another bigger backpack, but even though it's covered in spikes, he never uses it.

One last advantage he has is the Bullwhip Cannon. This 8-wheeled tank is his personal artillery, capable of during explosive shells (though it doesn't show a lot of damage per shot) and I'm a pretty cool move, shoots explosive bolos, which blew up a giant fallen tree.  He also possesses a jet called the Intruder, but it doesn't have a good track record, so not much point in adding it to his advantages.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Top 5 Cartoons that Deserve a Reboot like She-ra

With the news of Netflix rebooting She-ra on the heels of their incredible Voltron series, I thought it would be great to look at five more cartoons that deserve a second chance by creators that grew up watching them.

Sky Commanders
Sky Commanders had a great premise - a massive energy source opens I fissure in the South Pacific ocean and creates a brand new continent. Made up of rough spires of rock that it up into the sky, the landscape is only accessable to mountaineers using ziplines to navigate it. Mike Summit leads the Sky Commanders I'm keeping the energy source from General Plague's Raiders.
The Reason
I'm always a sucker for cartoons that have the world in danger as the setting.
The Reboot
Get rid of the ziplines - they were a cool action features in the old days, but outdated now. Update them to jetpacks! I would also increase the stakes by making the energy source and new continent be a real threat to the rest of the planet, so Summit had to fight not only the Raiders (who I'd rename) and the continual spread of the radiation.

Wildfire follows the story of Princess Sara of Shan-dar, sent away to live on Earth to protect her from her evil aunt, Lady Diabolyn and her Specters of Evil. Her only bridge between the land is the noble taking horse, Wildfire.
The ReasonWith the popularity of Netflix's Spirit Riding Free, it's obvious that the story between a girl and her horse can be a success. 
The Reboot
The biggest change I would make is turning Lady Diabolyn and her Goons into a real threat while introducing a cast of supporting characters.

The Inhumanoids centered on massive elementals released on the surface of the planet and the Earth Force that fights against them.
The Reason
Inhumanoids was more than just a kids cartoon, it was a horror show, showing people being corrupted into monsters and a giant walking corpse that ate everything in his see-through stomach. There's really nothing else like it anywhere.
The Reboot
Why even change anything? This cartoon was great as it was and only needed a chance to tell the rest of its story.

Blackstar told the story of Astronaut John Blackstar after being pulled through a black hole and crash landing on the planet Sagar. Granted powers by his half of the PowerStar, he fought against the Overlord, a tyrant that wants to unite the two halves of the series and rule the planet.
The Reason
While He-Man is obviously coming it off She-ra's reboot, I don't think it would take a lot of work to connect this show with her as well.
The Reboot
First off, get rid of the Trobbits. One annoying sidekick is bad enough, but six of them? I might have to update my account sidekick post after revisiting this show. If set the show immediately after he lands on the planet and show how he gained the series. I'd also give Klone and Mara a bigger focus, and give Overlord a bigger range of powers.

Image courtesy of Master Turtle Customs

Dinosaucers was the story about aliens that were somehow related to dinosaurs (it's not really spelled out). Upon coming to Earth, the good guys meet four humans who help them fight against the Tyrannos, while using an ability called Dinovolving, which allows the good guys to turn into full dinosaur forms.
The Reason
With how popular dinosaurs are now with Jurassic World 2 coming out soon, it's a no-brainer that a dinosaur-themed cartoon would come out.
The Reboot
I'd switch the Dinovolving ability from the Dinosaucers to the Tyrannos, giving the bad guys an advantage that the good guys need to work hard to overcome. I'd also make the link between the Dinosaucers and our prehistory more deliberate and possibly have the original of the Earth threatened by their actions.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bad Guy Beatdown Round 9 - Overlord vs. Overlord

Before I begin, I need to make a clarification. In Blackstar, the main villain is referred to as the Overlord, not just Overlord. I didn't notice it until I was researching for this fight.

Anyway, on to the fighter. Overlord is fittingly, the roller of the planet Sagar, where Astronaut John Blackstar crash lands after being sucked through a wormhole. The Overlord seems to unite the two halves of the PowerStar, a relief that would give him unimaginable power. He possesses half of it, the Power Sword while Blackstar wields the other half, the Star Sword. Each half of the PowerStar is still very powerful, granting abilities to each of their owners.

The Overlord is down using his Power Sword in 8 of the show's thirteen episodes, with him not making an appearance in 4 of the episodes and only showing up on a monitor in the last one. If those episodes he did appear in, the Overlord uses the Power Sword to shoot beams of energy and, in contrast to the usual Filmation patented white energy blasts, these do quite a bit of damage, blowing holes in stone walls and making boulders explode. While the Overlord had pretty good aim with the sword's blasts, he's not a very good swordsman, being bested by Blackstar in the few times they clashed with them.

Other powers granted by the sword - when powered up, the energy is so bright it's blinding, it can project an image of where the other half is located, and can deflect energy blasts from the other half (presumably, it can block other energy blasts as well). It also grants immense strength to the user, allowing the Overlord to survive getting crushed by a rockslide. Blackstar is shown to lift a boulder over his head, and we can estimate Overlord can too.

The Overlord himself is no slouch, capable of plenty of feats, like levitating the sword to his hand if he loses it, some sort of flight (either hovering or turning himself into a tornado), and hypnotising someone with beams from his eyes, though that one might be attributed to Vizier, the Overlord's companion.

Other one-off powers he has include creating a sandstorm from his hands and shooting energy from his hands without the sword. Seeing that Blackstar hasn't shown those powers, they could be the Overlord's personal abilities, or they could be errors in the writing. Seeing as Bad Guy Beatdown only users powers that show up more than one time, most of these won't apply to the fight, but the levitation will be kept.

Make sure to check back next week when we'll look at the Overlord's opponent, Spiral Zone's own Overlord.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday Wrap-Up - 1/3/18

2018 is promising a lot of big things for Old School Evil.  Well, not a lot of big things, but one big thing - publishing the novel in the next month and a half.  I've found my editor - Edit for Indies.  Gabriella made a great impression on me while I was searching, and I don't mean just because she's the most affordable for my book-length. She caught something none of the others did without making big changes to it.  I'm very happy with her and even better, she's got the availability to keep my book on track.  Now to make that damned cover.

I'm also pushing harder on my social media platforms.  I finally topped 300 followers on Twitter and have started to be a little more aggressive with posts and shares and connecting with other fans.  On Facebook, I am almost to that many followers, and I've joined a huge and supportive group of other authors.  Please send a like my way if you're reading this and you haven't. already.  I'm just trying to post more on both and hopefully will have a lot more online friends by the time the book goes out.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bad Guy Beatdown Recap

It's 2018 and Old School Evil is back in action!  This year promises big things for Old School Evil, most of which I will save for tomorrow's wrap-up post, but one thing I'm looking for is finishing the 80s cartoon villain tournament, Bad Guy Beatdown!  We've gone through half of the first tier so far, and we've got a year to finish it up.  Luckily, once I go through the rest of the first tier, I won't have to do the respect posts for each combatant, so it'll go a lot quicker.  Before we move onto the next battle though, I think it's a good time to recap what has happened so far.

After abducting Evil-Lyn, the Queen plans to add Eternia to her Crown Empire.  Skeletor goes to face the would-be world conqueror, claiming to be the rightful ruler of the planet.  Even though her telepathic abilities were great, Skeletor's stronger and more varied powers protected him.  He discovers her powers and Slaver Lords were linked to the Psychocrystals in her throne room. Skeletor destroys them, putting her in a coma, before stealing one for himself.

Having crashed on New Texas on his way back to Gobotron, Cy-Kill caught the attention of Stampede. Tex Hex attacked Cy-Kill, thinking he was Bravestarr's replacement stead, especially after Cy-Kill changed to robot mode.  Cy-Kill flew around Tex Hex's laser fire, but he couldn't evade the giant fire snakes that grabbed him out of the sky.  As Cy-Kill struggled to escape the serpents' grasp, Tex Hex blasted the Go-Bot's metal skull off before crushing his organic brain.

T-Ray comes to Earth while chasing the Tigersharks, butt Scorch finds him first.  Impressed with the Manterra's space-flying capabilities, he attack's T-Ray but is quickly out-gunned.  T-Ray manages to disable most systems of Scorch's Torch, and revels in his victory when the attacker disappears.  Instead of retreating though, Scorch used his plane's time travel powers and blew the Manterra out of the sky as soon as it entered Earth's atmosphere. 

In search of a cosmic meteor, Megatron and Miles Mayhem clash.  Switchblade avoids most of Megatron's cannon fire in helicopter mode, but when he changed to jet mode, the lack on maneuverability lets allows Megatron to score a hit.  Mayhem bails and faces off against Megatron one-on-one; the acid from his viper mask is stronger enough to damage even Cybertronian metal, but not fast enough to stop Megatron from crushing him in an iron fist.

Doc Terror and Hacker detect super strong metal in the Shadow Star and fly out to mine it, unaware of Umbra's presence inside.  The sentient computer sends hordes of Shadowbeasts to attack him, making easy work of the Terrordrone army.  Running out of options, Doc Terror throws the defeated Shadowbeasts into his cyborg making machine, creating a new army of monstrous cyborgs capable of destroying the Shadow Fortress with Umbra inside.

Dr. Scarab's bionic henchmen are about to break into a cybernetics lab, but Big Boss's minions beat them to it.  Dr. Scarab's bionic detecting eye finds out they're wearing mechanical suits, but they were no match for Dr. Scarab's superior bionic handiwork.  With his leadership, Glove and the Mechanic defeat Big Boss's goons.  Using their Bionic masking device, they sneak into Big Boss's office and he immediately surrenders without a fight.  

Looking to bolster his powers, Venger visits Lady Diaolyn's castle under the guise of a partnership.  She immediately accepts, planning to marry him and become queen.  He admits he doesn't care about her and only wants the Specters of Darkness.  Furious, she uses their powers to transform into a dragon, but since she's nowhere near as powerful as Tiamat, he defeats her and, seeing how weak the Specters are, destroys them.

Finding the planet Symbion rich with vegetation, Saw Boss sends the Monster Minds to investigate.  Thinking the plant vehicles are new mounts for Warriors of the Light, General Spidrax defeats a group of troopers and gains Saw Boss's attention.  He teleports to the planet and faces off with Spidrax, changing into a giant Saw Trooper.  Initially avoiding Saw Boss's attacks by flying out of reach, Spidrax is caught in a net of vines and is sliced apart.

Round 9 - Overlord vs. Overlord
Next week, we'll be getting back to new matches and meeting the first of the two combatants as the worlds of Spiral Zone and Blackstar clash!  If you want to go back and see any of the respect posts for any of the villains that have fought before, make sure to click here for the main post.