Hey everyone! Welcome back to Barbecue's Bonfire! I'm not sure if I could consider this week "busy" or not but I've definitely spent a lot of my free time catching up on 2020 reviews and beginning a new Lego project with my child. My wife's been bust re-reading and re-watching The Hunger Games, which for some reason has never interested me in the least, so I've had more time to work on reviews and stuff in the evenings after Adora is in bed. For the 2020 reviews I'm catching up on most of them were Star Wars: The Black Series figures and since there's so much newer stuff arriving I'm going to go ahead and skip some reviews of product from earlier in 2020 that I just got my hands on in the last month or so. I try to wrap up all of my 2020 reviews by the end of January since February is when I do my annual "Best of the Previous Year" awards and I'd like to have everything finished up. I've already been working on my lists, though. Of course, I've been doing some other stuff this week, too. What's been happening at the international headquarters of Action Figure Barbecue?
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie so we fixed that over the weekend. Now we can't stop running around talking about interocitors, chanting "Normal view! Normal view!," or saying "I'm hiding in one of these boxes, come and fine me!" The movie came out in 1996 and is a "bigger" budget affair for MST3K featuring Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo riffing on the 1955 film This Island Earth. I remember renting this while staying with one of my uncles as a kid (maybe back in 1997 or 1998) but I think I was the only person impressed with it. I got the DVD for Christmas a few years back so now I can watch it whenever I want and laugh as loud as I want. It's funny that the MST3K movie is so much shorter than the regular episodes, though. How odd, right? I've been watching a ton of MST3K, RiffTrax, and the Film Crew on Pluto TV lately, which always puts me in a good mood. Pluto's MST3K channel shows Werewolf or The Pumaman almost every night around 11 or so, which is usually when I start watching MST3K, so I'm having to mix in my own new material for the time being.
My read through of Stephen King's novels continues with Rose Madder, a 1995 horror / fantasy novel about a woman who flees her abusive police officer husband. Like Insomnia, this was another King novel that I had little to no information about prior to starting the book. It was great going into this one cold as it goes to some very surprising places. King wrote quite a few novels focused on heroines who were victims of abuse in the early-mid 1990s and Rose Madder forms sort of a triptych alongside of Dolores Claiborne and Gerald's Game. Apparently, looking back, King isn't terribly impressed with this novel, but I certainly was. It's tense, frightening, gruesome, and yet it also has moments of joy, empowerment, and wonder that pop up as well. Rose McLendon is an incredibly well developed character and you'll be cheering for her the whole way through the book.
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) from Star Wars: The Black Series is a review from over a year ago that jumped back on the list and is still holding the high ground for it's fourth week. Gee, I wonder what could have got folks excited to check out this older review again, huh? Luke's appearance in The Mandalorian season 2 finale was amazing and fans are still talking about it. How long until you think Hasbro releases a version of Luke Skywalker from The Mandalorian?
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