Operation Cubicle #46: Fall Season

Operation Cubicle #46 Fall Season.

Agent Jackson, JP Fairfield, and De Ana Jones aka naniRandomRapName celebrate the wonderfulness of fall by falling flat on their faces. But first in the intro, we talk about co-queens, Nerdy Girl Swag, TV squees, the award winning Nerdgasm Noire Network, NJ Transit lost & found.

On the corporate side, Jackson shows love for the magical fruit horn that blows watermelons, JP shows off her sweater dress game, and nani3000 must offer final judgement whether pumpkin coffee is good or bad. Three cubicle breaks are falling flat on your face!

On the geeky side, we’re all generally cranky and want all of the sleep during gloomy fall days, but we have an epic discussion on our likes and dislikes for fall TV.

Music:: Ultramagnetic MCs – Critical Beatdown – “Ease Back” and “Moe Luv Theme”
Guest Info: +De Ana Jones,@nanicoolj, NerdyGirlSwag.wordpress.com,
Cubicle Break: http://cubiclebreak.tumblr.com, http://twitter.com/cubiclebreak

The Troubletones: Best Thing Glee Ever Done

Cross-posted to Nerdgasm Noire Network

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Glee.  Trust me, I was knocking over people trying to get home in time despite the fact I had a PVR. I was happy there was another diverse ensemble cast on tv (Shout-out to Community!).  What I wasn’t happy about was how Glee boxed some of its minority characters in stereotypical storylines or used as background for other characters.

Sure, they were able to bring me back when they (FINALLY!) dug deep and gave Kurt a real storyline outside of being the fabulous one.  On the other hand, the bulk of the focus was still on Rachel and Finn.  I thought the show was called Glee not ‘Rachel & Finn on Glee’.  Heck, we never even got to hear Matt (the black guy) utter a word before he disappeared into the ether!   Mercedes has a storyline about TATER TOTS!   Can’t they let Tina sing a whole damn song by herself!  Once again, I was at a crossroads with Glee. Do I stick with it?  In my head, I knew if Rachel got one more show full of solos I was taking it off my scheduled shows list.

The writers in Glee suddenly had a epiphany.  The episode, “Asian F”, pulled me back in with promise.  Mike and Mercedes actually get storylines.  My body is ready!  We are not going to discuss the stereotypical asian storyline for Mike right now.  I’m just happy he’s getting screen time and a chance for character development.  I urge the writers to think outside the box and stop going into the “been there done that in 1000 others shows” bag.

Anyway, we are not here to dissect the various fails of Glee.  I want to celebrate one… THE TROUBLETONES.  I’m sorry but where have they been all my life.  So far, every song they have done has been golden.  Seriously, if this is the caliber of awesome that Shelby brings she needs to be the only Glee director.  I’m sorry Will but… you kinda suck in comparison.

The Troubletones have not done many songs yet but I have not roll my eyes at one song yet.  Mercedes, Santana and Brittany are the Trinity of Talent.

The Troubletones cover Christina Aguilera’s song Candyman in Season 3 Episode 4 “Pot O’ Gold”

These girls are KILLING this song. They are all glowing and smiling. It’s infectious! Hell, Will knows he messed up BIG TIME.

Let’s take a look at Episode 6, “Mash Off”. Our first competitor is the New Directions singing a mash up of “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”/”You Make My Dreams” by Hall ‘N Oats.

  1. Why does it look like it hurts Finn to sing?
  2. The costumes and dancing around tip the line to corny.
  3. It didn’t pull me in. It’s a fun little mash up but it was meh at best.

Our second competitor is The Troubletimes singing a mash up of Rumour Has It / Someone Like You by Adele

  1. I love the choeregraphy. The start is so powerful and interesting.
  2. When the music stops and silence washes over you, my heart skipped a beat.
  3. The costumes were on point.
  4. The push/pull of the choeregraphy and the arrangement keep me from getting bored. I didn’t want to miss anything.
  5.  The combination of Santana’s and Mercedes’ voices are like BUTTER.

They never say the winner of the mash-up but for me… it was The Troubletones for the K.O.

Mini-Review: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Anime


Synopsis:

Panty and Stocking are angels known as the Anarchy sisters… that so happen to get kicked out of Heaven due to their bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City located in between Heaven and Hell. Unfortunately, there are monsters called “Ghosts” that attack the city and it’s up to the Anarchy sister to get rid of these pests using their powers. One perk is the ability to transform their clothing into weapons.

With the help of Reverend Garterbelt and their pet zipper-dog Chuck, Panty and Stocking must destroy these Ghosts, in order to collect enough Heaven Coins to return to Heaven.

Mini-Review:

This show is freaking CRAZY. The anime doesn’t takes itself seriously and makes fun of various movies and tv shows. The drawing style is a mix of Invader Zim and Danny Phantom but don’t get comfortable cause the style will randomly change throughout the episode. These are not your typically goody good angels! Older sister, Panty, is two steps from being a sex addict while younger sister, Stocking, is a glutton for sweets with masochistic tendencies. While their looks contrast, they both can display very short tempers. Do you like your anime with a mix of hilarity, spunk and tongue in cheek craziness? This is the show for you!

Rating: Hells Yea!

Mini-Review: Iron Man Anime


Synopsis:

Tony Stark is in Japan to join Lab 23 in developing and building a power station that will provide clean energy. He’s ready to announce his retirement as Iron Man and build a mass-produced Iron Man, Dio, to pass on his hero duties. Too bad that the terrorist organization, Zodiac is making this difficult.

Mini-Review:

What can I said? It’s Iron Man. Tony Stark is still a cocky muthercuffer.. still flirts with any beautiful woman within his radius… still a smart-ass. The drawing style is shiny and pretty with a realistic flare. There is nothing new brought to the table. It’s cliche after cliche. So, if you love Iron Man then you will like this anime. If you wanted to see a different spin on this character, you might wanna look somewhere else.

Rating: Meh. It’s alright.