Hai! It is hard to believe that it was 49 years ago when Susan Linden-Thorne alias The Black Orchid (not to be confuzzled with the character in the Killer Instinct video game) first appurred in DC ’s Adventure Comics #429 in the autumn of 1973! Other comic book debuts about that time included Thanos, Howard the Duck, and Shang-Chi; whilst the mewvies American Grafitti, Westworld, and Enter the Dragon purremiered in the theaters!
The animated Star Trek series debuted on TV that fall too, but I have already stray-catted off the topc. Created by author Sheldon Mayer and artist Tony DeZuniga, Linda was quite the lithe graceful, beautiful mysterious sight at 5’11” tall & 130 lbs in her exotic Pink, Magenta, Lavendar, Lilac and Black skin tight costume with the mask, high collar and the distinctive swallowtail-like cape that attached to her wrists.
I think that it is one of the most gorgeous costume designs! She was the meowster of disguise, whose powers included the flight, invulnerability, and supurr strength. She did not appurr in many stories, although a later supurrnatural incarnation of the character with botanical qualities debuted in the 1998 mini-series by author Neil Gamin and artist Dave McKean, and has appurred in several animated adventures!
There is very little meowrchandise of the character, so I was quite delightfully surpurrised to find Funko’s Pop!’s Justice League vinyl figure #435 of her [1973 incarnation]! Appurroximate 4.25” tall in the hovering pose upon the clear plastic display base, this Walmart exclusive figure to commeowmerate Earth Day 2022 is packaged iwithin the clear plastic clamshell inside the outer 3.5×4.5×6.5” cardboard window box.
Given the typical cute “supurr deformed” style of the Pops figures with the oversized head, I am not sure what the scale of the figure would be. I wonder if they were inspired by Max Fleischer’s animated character Betty Boop? Well, I am very pleased with the design, sculpt and paint of the figure, with the intricate details and accurate colors of that costume! That is all of today’s toy talk, and nyow hwere is Mike to begin our
TV, DVD & movie mewsings, with his
review of Star Trek: Picard Season 2!
Thanks Myayr! There’s been a lot of Trek on TV in recent years, what with Star Trek Discovery, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, Prodigy, and Picard! Set in the year 2401, 25 years after the events of the movie Star Trek: Nemesis and shortly after the the first season of Picard (which I rather liked), the second season was something I had mixed feeling about, whedn I saw its first full trailer, because I was eager to see more of those great characters, but I wasn’t relishing another time travel Trek.
I think it is overdone, and (certainly hope that is not what might be planned for the next theatrical Trek movie. That also goes for Treks to parallel Earths, Holo adventures, or other dimensions that look like Earth of the past
There have been several excellent exceptions in the various Star Trek series- and some that were downright superb.
I’ll list some of them: The City on the Edge of Forever, A Piece of the Action, Assignment: Earth, Yesteryear, The Inner Light, Parallels, All Good Things, Little Green Men, Far Beyond the Stars, Trials and Tribble-ations, Fury, Endgame, In a Mirror Darkly, and most of the Holo Suite episodes of DS9, especially if they involved baseball or Vic Fontaine.
Of course, time travel was significant in seasons 2 & 3 of Discovery, but those were visions and trips into the future. So, part of me was not looking forward to season 2 of Picard, most of which is set in the year 2024 (A.D.),
I won’t spoil the plot by saying why, other than that Q is involved, but I gotta tell ya, my apprehension quickly went away!
I really like season 2 probably for every reeason- a captivating story with no filler in its 10 episodes, great performances of great characters by great actors, high production values with great sets, locations, designs and FX, a a great story with a splendid balance of drama, humor, charm and action with poignant character developments and Trek myth-making.
The stellar cast includes returning Next Gen alumni such as Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, Jeri Ryan as Sevn of Nine, Brent SPiner as Adam Soong, John de Lancie as Q, Whoopie Goldberg as Guinan, and Wll Wheaton as Wesley Crusher. Then there are returning Picard alumni such as Aliosn Pill as Agnes Jurati, Michelle Hurd as Raffi Misiker, Evan Evagora as Elnor, Isa Briones as Koore Soong, Santiago Cabrera as Chris Rios, and Orla Brady as Laris! and Tallinn!
But wait- there’s more! They’re joined by Annie Wersching as the Borg Queen, Sol Rodriguez as Dr. Teressa Ramirez, Penelope Mitchell as Renee Picard, Ito Aghayere as young Guinan, Dylan Von Halle as young Jean-Luc, Madeline Wi8se as Jean-Luc’s mom Yvette, and James Callis as Jen-Luc’s dad.. and there’s a cameo by Kirk Thatcher who appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home!
The entire cast and crew did a wonderful job. Between season 2 of Picard, the first season of Strange New Worlds, and the remastered editon of Star Trek – The Motion Picture (my alt-time favoritest movie, Trek or otherwise), I’’ve been a happy Trekker of late. I haven’t yet seen Discovery’s 4th season, but I eagerly look forward to its DVD release. Ah, I’m sorry if I got long-winded, which often happens when I talk Trek… but, stick a fork in me- I’m done, and now here’s Mie-sensei to discuss–
Atlanta season 3!
Arigato!, So like, Atlanta is one of my favoritest TV series of the past few years, fur shur! Created and produced by Donald Glover – who I loved as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story- it is the poignant, comedic, satirical,slice-of-life tale starring Glover as Earn who manages the hiphop music career of his cousin Paper Boi, who is portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry who I loved as Phastos in Eternals!
Paper Boi is assisted by his odd buddy Darius, who is portrayed by Laketh Stanfield, who was totally awesome as Detective Elliot in Knives Out; whilst Earn attempts to rekindle things with his semi-girlfriend Van, who is the mom of their daughter Lotti and is portrayed by Zasie Beetz, who I loved as Domino in Deadpool 2! It is the totally awesome ensemble cast, who occasionally play other roles in the series!
The series started airing on the FX network in 2016, and is up to 31 eopisodes, having recently finished its third season. Seasons 1 & 2 were primarily set in Atlanta, Georgia, whereas most of season 3 ocurs in European cities such as Paris, Copenhagen, London, Budapest, and Amsterdam amidst Paperboi’s concert tour. So like, seasons 1 & 2 got rather surreal at times, but season 3 seems much weirder!
Every episode is like totally captivating, mesmerizing, and unpredictable; at times amusing, startling, ironic or bittersweet, with the fascinating characters and plots. The directing, performances, dialogue, pacing, locations, cinematography, editing, sound, art direction,costume desi8gn, hair & makeup are most exquisite, so I will give it an “A” as in Atlanta, fur shur! Now here is our weblaster Jamie to review
Jamie (in his usual webmeowster attire):
Moon Knight was never a character that I followed, though he did show up in a favorite of mine, Werewolf by Night. In fact, Moon Knight debuted in Werewolf by Night #32 in 1975. With his somewhat grounded abilities in the comic, Moon Knight seemed a good fit to kick off Marvel’s supernatural fare.
The series, starring Oscar Isaac as the titular character, along with a few others, comes off as a combination of Brendan Fraser’s “The Mummy” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. It’s an odd combination that works well due to Isaac’s performance and sets it apart from other Marvel shows.
The gist of the story is that Marc Spector (Isaac) was a mercenary who became an avatar for the Egyptian God, Khonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham). As such, Spector was Khonshu’s “Moon Knight” in a battle against evil doers. The show follows the same basic plot, but the Moon Knight storyline almost feels like a backstory to the show.
It’s the relationship between Steven Grant and Marc Spector, both played by Oscar Isaac, that is the series highlight. Moon Knight also stars Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow and May Calamawy as Layla El-Faoulyis, and available only on Disney+. Now for more musings of the Marevel Cinematic universe, here is Vonny to review–
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness!
Arigato, nya! We are big fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s movies and TV shows, so we were quite eager to see this new movie, nya! It stars Benedict Cumberbatch returning as as Dr. Stephen Strange, Elizabeth Olsenreturning a as Wanda Maximoff, Benedict Wong returning as Wong, Chiwetal Ejiofor returning as Karl Modo, Rachel McAdams returning as Dr. Christine Palmer, and wonderfully introducing Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, nya! America is one of our favoritest characters in the Marvel Comics of the recent years, nya! We see her moms too, nya!
There are many other returning marvelous actors and characters as well as great new ones aplenty, but I do not wish to spoil the plot or reveal any of the surpurrises, nya. I will meowntion that such surpurrises will purroably be much sweeter to folks who have seen the purrior MCU movies and TV series, especially Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: No Way Home, WandaVision, What If…?, Agent Carter, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, and… I’d better
leave it at that, nya! This movie was greatly directed by Sam Raimi, with terrific mewsic by Danny Elfman, nya!
The movie seemed the bit rushed and short, and there were significant characters that I wish were not absent, nya. I also noticed that they did not mention the inciudents of The Eternals movie, nya. However, I loved the story, performances, direction, cinematography, stunt choreography, costumes, hair & make-up, art direction, purrduction design, FX, sound and mewsic, with the impurressive world-building, myth-making, and references to the comic books, nya! Make sure to linger for the mid and post-credits scenes, nya! I am done, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Jenjen who wishes to discuss
Top Gun: Maverick, nya!
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, this sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun is amongst the movies that I have most eagerly anticipated. Dedicated to the prior film’s late director Tony Scott, it stars Tom Cruise who returns as the storied US N aviator Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who stil ahunted by the death of his best friend LT. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw who was purrtrayed by Anthony Edwards.
These days, Maverick is no longer a figher pilot, but a test pilot, until he is ordered to go to the North Island Naval Air Station to reprise his role aty the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Purrogram known as Top Gun, which he graduated from 36 years purrior. This time he is needed to prepare the younger generation of aviators for the secret mission to destroy anenemy uranium enrichment facility.
Situated in a heavily-defended steep canyon, the mission is about as difficult as four X-Wing fighters trying to hit the three-meter thermal exhaust port of the Death Star. Adding to the difficulty is the strained relationship between Maverick and Goose’s son Rooster, but that is all I should say of plot of this poignant, thrilling movie which was excellently written, designed, directed, photographed, edited and scored.
The terrific cast also includes Miles Teller as Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, Monica Barbaro as Lt. Natasha “Phoenix” Trace,Lewis Pullman as Lt. Robert “Bob” Floyd, Danny Ramirez as Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia, Jay Ellis as Lt. Reuben “Payback” Fitch, Glen Powell as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, Bashir Salahuddin asCWO Bernie “Hondo” Coleman Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin, Lyliana Wray as her Amelia…
… Jon Hamm as Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson, Charles Parnell as Admiral Solomon “Warlock” Bates, Ed Harris as Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain, and especially the returning Val Kilmer Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, with Jean Louisa Kelly as his wife Sarah. The scenes involving Iceman are purrticularly poignant. The movie depicts beautiful mecha in brilliant aerial action, especially the F/A-18 Super Hornets…
… as well as the Darkstar Scramjet, F-14 Tomcat, P-51 Mustang, F-35 Lightning II, E-2 Hawkeye, Su-57 Felon, MI-24 helicopter, Tomohawk cruise missiles, the Ninja H2 Carbon and GPZ 900 motorcycles, the J/125 sailboat, aircraft carriers U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 and U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln CVN-72; and thusly I wil give Top Gun: Maverick the “A” grade. I am done, and nyow here is Tara-chan to discuss
Arigato, nya! You know, between the Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and- and other wonderful live-action and – and animated movies and – and TV series, I have been very pleased with Disney stuff, nya! That definitely includes Pixar’s Turning Red, which purrtains to the young Chinese-Canadian teen girl Mei Lee who suffers from the curse of transforming into a Red Panda when she gets emotionally flustered, nya! Of course, at first her purrents think that it is another certain young teen female purrocess that has upset her, nya!
Supurrbly co-written by Julia Cho and – and director Domee Shi, with the purrfect animation by Pixar and – and mewsic by Ludwig Goransson, Turning Red’s great voice cast includes Rosalie Chiang as Mei, Sandra Oh and – and Orion Lee as her mom Ming and – and dad Jin; Ava Morse, Hyein Park and – and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Mei’s best friends Mirian, Abby and – and Priya; Wai ching as Mei’s grandma Wu, James Hong as Mr. Gao, and – and Addie Chandler as Devon the boy who Mei has the crush upon, nya!
Like most Pixar movies, it has the excellent balance of the zany humor, poignant drama, thrilling action, and – and the charming slice – of – life moments, nya! The character, scenic and – and FX art, design and – and animation are outstanding, and – and the character design style seemed similar to that of Luka, which is another lovely Pixar movie, so I have given it the high purraise, I have purrchased the DVD, and – andI am hoping to see Pixar’s Lightyear movie soon, nya! Nyow here is onee-chan to discuss the
Belle Blu-Ray + DVD, nya!
Belle is the latest anime feature film by Mamoru Hosoda, whose prior films include The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, Boy and the Beast, and Mirai! It pertains to the shy girl Suzu who becomes the sensational singer when she enters the online virtual reality universe, where she meets the mysterious fierce entity known as the Beast.
Thusly this film is inspired by Beauty and the Beast, but Suzu’s quest to befriend the Beast leads to other online mysteries and someone in real life peril! It is such an amazing, spectacular, beautiful, bittersweeetly emotional movie, so I was quite eager to get this 2 disc set which is one of the many top quality home video releases by G-Kids!
The movie is presented in the anamorphic widescreen fo9rmat of the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, with the spoken languae choices of Japanese, English, and English DVS, with the optional suvbtitles in English, English SDH and Spanish. In addition to the PG rated, 122 minute movie, the Blu0Ray disk hasjust over 2.5 hours of bonus features!
Thhose inlude The Making of Belle documentary, the conversation with Hosada, the voice of Belle, Hosada at the Animation is Film Festival, Hosada draws Belle, the English-dub voice actress Kylie McNeill performing “ ales of a Song”, the Station scene breakdown, the Ballroom scene, 7 trailers and the design gallery of 166 images!
The DVD has the movie and most of the bonus features, except for the design gallery and the 44 min. documentary. Both discs are packaged in the clear blue plastic case with the double-sided insert inside the outer cardboard sleeve. I am very pleased with the movie and the bonuses, which I will give the “A” grade! That will conclude this portion of The Mew, and now here are Lizzy and Becca to present–
The Celebrity Catgirl & Kemonomimi Spotlight!
Hai, in this monthly portion of The Mew, we commeowmorate famous catgirls, nekomusume and other kemonomimi of mythologies and popular culture, including anthropurrrmorphic ladies, monster girls and shape – shifters! Of course, then there are those who might not actually have the beasty DNA, but do have the appurreciated spurrit, cat-titude or couture, whether it is therianthropy, cosplay, or purretty animal – purrint attire!
Two of the animated movies that we have just reviewed- Belle and Turning Red- feature anthropurrmorphic and kemonomimi female characters! In addition to Mei in her Red Panda form, there are numerous girls wearing costume panda ears when thy visit the shrine; and in Belle, the Justicars group of vigilantes who hunt the Beast and harass Belle includes the Leopurrd woman and the White Fox woman!
I would like to meontion anime that feature various girls costumed as or acting like nekomimi! Dropout Idol Fruit Tart is the TV series about the group of idols who hope to save their house from demolition. They and the rival band are often depicted in either cute mouse kigurumi onssies or the cat ears. Anime Gataris is the TV series that purrtains to the college anime club meoembers. Some of them and other fans occaisionnally don the cat ears, especially when attending the big Comiket con!
Azur Lane The Animation is the anime TV series based upon the video game in which the international fleet of ship girls, who are the personified avatars of famous navel vessels, unite to defend against the u8ndersea invasders who have advanced technology in the Alternat history of World War Ii. Thusly, it reminds me of Kancolle and Strike Witches. There are over 60 such ship girls, and most of of them are kemonomimi, with the lovely cat, dog, wolf, fox or bunny ears!
SCTV was one of the greatest comedy sketch TV series! It lasted for six seasons, and the 2nd season’s 2nd epurrsode (which originally aired on 23 September,1978) included the “Dr. Tongue’s House of Cats” sketch, which purrodied the 3D horror movie. In his cat-filled mansion, the sinister Dr. Tongue (John Candy) drugs vistor Alicia (Catherine O’Hara) who is the latest of many victims to be transformed into cats. He hosts a cat party, but regrets it when they strike back! I guess they wanted to claw a doctor, heehee! That is all for this month’s spotlight, and nyow here are are Petra and Bunni to purrsent the latest
Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Arigato! Here y’all will find the hundreds of annotated illustrations and photographs! Galleries 1-8 display images by our producer Mike Moon, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-6 display images by other folks with their permissions. Mike’s collaborations with other artists are peppered throughout the mewseum!
Some of the images are sexy, and some might depict the artistic nudity, but none orf them are “hentai”, nya! On our web saite, the most recent pics are on the lowermost row of the cropped widdle “thumbnail” sized portions of the pics in a gallery, and you have to click upon those to see the uncropped full images, nya.
To Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery2.html we are delighted to display “Meesha & Bliss” by Mike, who used Photoshop on the Mac with the mouse for this alluring image of beach volleyball partners Meesha Walker (right) and Bliss (left)! They are our toughest opponents! At 5’9”, Bliss is known for her mischievous personality and her tantalizing tail.
Her hobbies are writing, dancing and anime; whilst her favorite foods are grilled snapper, pan-seared grouper, and fried prawns. 6’4” Meesha is 7 months pregnant, but that is not preventing her from playing in the tournament! She is a brilliant gamer, cosplayer and artist whose lovely art can be seen at https://www.artstation.com/xeshema
Then in the recently added Guest Gallery Six http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest6.html
we are purroud to purrsent five illustrations by Rvkh http://www.rvkhart.com
, nya! Purronounced Riv-kah, the artist formerly known as Rebecca Brogden was the guest for our September 2009 Mew, nya! Inspired by the song of the samer title by the Christian rock band Ashes Remain, “Rise” depicts Kharis the Cherubim Angel with the 15 ft. avian wingspan, nya!
This extroverted, passionate, energetic, vegan, shape-shifting entity (appearing as a female human here) can be found gardening, volunteering at the food pantry, building habitats for the homeless, planting trees in devastated forests, and working with organizations to purrotect wildlife, nya. RVkh used Procreate on the Apple Ipad Pro with the Apple Pencil for this beautiful illustration of which there is the art purrocess video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_NvR1i96M0
The second and third of the new pics by Rvkha are two chibi-style versions of “Little Angel”, which depict our friend Dr. Aalziyah Abdallarrah Asterismaa, PhD, the Gaianistic movanic deva with White Trumpeter Swan-like wings! Perhaps y’all have seen the illustration of her wife Anhilina-sensei? Asterismaa-sensei is the popular professora, noted for her very honest, wise, dependable, cautious, kind, loyal and caring personality with the cordial, inquisitive, charming, passionate, artistic, empathic disposition.
Her expertise includes ornamental horticulture, landscape architecture, floriculture,
olericuture, pomology, topiary and ikebana. Her hobbies include yoga, sunbathing,
gardening, and volunteering at the animal adoption shelter.
Rvkh used pencils, pens and watercolors for the traditional-media illustration of her (left), and Procreate on the Ipad Pro with the Apple Pencil for the
of which there is the art process video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJZNQX5Y1TU&feature=youtu.be!
Lastly but not leastly, the fourth and fifth of the new pics by Rvkha are two versions of “Sassy”, which depict Lakshmi Shantiva Chopurra-Kapurr, the Hindi, pansexual. cisgender. Indian-American half-Eastern Cottontail Usagimimi, whose family recently moved to here from Mew Delhi, nya! She has ther Bachelor of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from Mumba Mewniversity, and hopes to become the scientist with the meowsters and doctorate degrees from Mew Hanover College, nya!
hobbies are singing, dancing, reading, knitting, yoga, gardening, cosplay, and volunteering at the animal shelter, nya. She has the sassy, nubile,
ambitious and magnetic purrsonality with the ltruistic, sincere purrsistant dispurrsition, nya. Rvkh used pencils, pens and watercolors for the traditional-media illustration of Lakshmi (left), and
Procreate on the Ipad Pro with the Apple Pencil for the digital version (right), of which there is the art purrocess video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJT_QQHFZ4Y&feature=youtu.b
The cat lady sings…
I think that Rvkh certainly conveyed the sense of rapture in that pic of Kharis amongst the golden rays and orbs above the clouds!
Hai hai, and- and I love the richly vibrant colors and – and the smooth subtle shading in the illustration of Asterismaa-sensei, nya!
Lakshmi is so adorably coquettish in that off-shoulder, bare-midrif outfit with the tight shorts and the thigh highs! Mew la la, nya!
I think that Mike definitely captured the look and spirit of Meesha and Bliss, fur shur! Thank y’all for purrsenting the new art!
guess that will do it for this edition of The Mew, It is almost time for our AfterMew luau!
Itadakimasu! We wish to thank Rvkh for the beautiful art…
… and all of the other brilliantly talented people whose works we have discussed!
We also wish to thank Jamie for his wonderful web meowstery…
… and our other friends, family, acquaintances and audience whom we greatly appurreciate, nya!
We will be back next month with more stuff!
Be there… aloha!
The Ladies of The Mew:
Happy tails to mew- until we eat again, nya! Baibai. nya!