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Dan Spilo Removed From Survivor

Dan Spilo, a contestant on season 39 of CBS "Survivor:  Island of the Idols" was removed from the game.  Back on the November 13 double episode, Dan was accused by Kellee Kim and two other female contestants of sexual harassment.  Mainly of being a tad too touchy-feely, especially at night when players slept closely in their make shift shelter.  In other words, "inappropriate behavior".  After Kim complained to the show's producers, all contestants were warned about such behavior.  Producers then privately warned Dan, according to some reports, being told that he was, "on thin ice".  Kim attempted to orchestrate Dan being booted at the next tribal council.  But, the tribe spoke and blindsided Kim instead.  This caused quite the outcry on social media!

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Forged In Fire Bladesgiving Marathon 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!  That time of the year again for families to get together.  But, rather than watch another dismal Lions football game, try the History Channel.  Wednesday night marks the beginning of the Forged In Fire Bladesgiving marathon for 2019.  At 9pm Eastern, we even get a brand new episode, where two families are pitted against each other.  Both families will field two bladesmiths, whom may wind up competing against themselves in the final phase.  Meanwhile, from 7pm Eastern Wednesday through all-day and night Thursday, the History Channel will air "Forged In Fire" for our viewing pleasure.  In between segments, we will get a fair amount of Tom-foolery as the show's judges butcher turkeys, pumpkins and other delights with knives, swords and axes.  The action may take you to the 'edge' of your seat!

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Rick Grimes Lives

by Andrew Zarowny, 11/05/2018


Last night AMC TV aired ″The Walking Dead″ episode, ″What Comes After?″ The 5th episode of Season 9 was the big farewell to the series primary hero, Rick Grimes, played by actor Andrew Lincoln. Last week, we watched as Rick was thrown from a horse while leading a horde of walkers (zombies) away from the collection of human communities. Rick landed on a large piece of scrap concrete and was impaled through the gut by a rod of rebarb steel. Things looked pretty bad, indeed!



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The End Of Rick Grimes

by Andrew Zarowny, 10/29/2018


The end of Rick Grimes is upon us. The lead character of AMC TV′s hit series, ″The Walking Dead″, played by actor Andrew Lincoln, appears to be quite the pickle. A horse threw him, an he landed on a hunk of rebarb, piercing his gut. Meanwhile, not 1 but 2 herds of ′Walkers′ zombies are headed towards him. Spoilers for next week′s episode look like some sort of dream scene as Rick is probably bleeding out, or being eaten alive. The show′s writers and special effects crew are pulling out all of the stops to make the death of Rick Grimes memorable.



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The X-Files, The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat

The old comedy group, The Firesign Theater, once released an album entitled, ″Everything You Know Is Wrong″. Well, on the latest episode of ″The X-Files″, entitled ″The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat″, we learn that such may be the case!! FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, or ′Skulls′, meet a man, Mr. Reggie ′Something′, who thinks his memories have been altered. Episode 11-04 deals with the phenomenon known as ′The Mandela Effect′, or is it ′The Mengele Effect′? Where you think you know something but it turns out not to be true. Reggie proves what is happening by reminding Fox and Dana of things from their childhood, which turn out not to be the case, sort of.



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Walking Dead Shocker, Carl Bitten

The Season 8 mid-season finale of ″The Walking Dead″ was quite a shocker. As promised, the AMC series ended the year with a very emotional episode. While the war between Rick and his allies against Negan and The Saviors turns for the worse, we learn an even sadder plot twist. Carl Grimes, Rick′s son, had been bitten by a walker. Worse yet, it was on the right side of Carl′s abdomen. No amputation will help the teenage hero. He is doomed to die!



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Forged In Fire Bladesgiving Marathon

Boycotting NFL football over idiot players kneeling during the National Anthem? Don′t worry, there are plenty of other TV viewing options today on Thanksgiving Day 2017. My favorite will be on the History Channel with its ″Forged In Fire″ ′Bladesgiving′ Marathon. I love ″Forged In Fire″! It is the coolest show on TV, despite having fiery forges kicking out 1,400 degrees of heat. Given all of the hoopla over women being sexually harassed of late, it may serve us well in reminding us all that a good knife is your basic weapon for self-defense. A knife is truly a gift of love!



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CBS 'Salvation' Depicts Hillary As President

One ′summer-filler′ TV series I have been watching is ″Salvation″ on CBS. The plot is about how a group of government officials and a tech billionaire respond to the threat of a large asteroid headed for Earth. I bring this up for several reasons. First, there is an actual, 3-mile-wide asteroid which will pass Earth by some 4.4 million miles today. A ′close shave′ in astronomical terms. Secondly, this week′s episode featured actress Tovah Fledshuh portraying the President of the United States. She resembles Hillary Clinton and suffers from a head or mental illness. In fact, the POTUS character dies after passing out right in the middle of an address to the nation.



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Game Of Thrones Season 7 Finale

WOW! Last night′s Season 7 finale of ′Game of Thrones′ on HBO was spectacular! The episode was entitled, ″The Dragon and the Wolf″, in reference to Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, considered part of the House of Stark. This was a short short season, only 7 episodes long instead of the usual 10. But there was little disappointment. The show′s producers, writers, artists and cast delivered. Nearly every episode had some major battle scene. The CGI work was incredible and the plots were crisp. Almost as crisp as some of the characters after being burnt alive by dragons! So, without further ado, let me write those immortal words..., SPOILER ALERT!



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Man At Arms: Art Of War Season 1 Finale, Ep8, Weapons of the Samurai

Last night was the Season 1 finale of the El Rey Network TV series, ″Man At Arms: Art Of War″. Episode 8 was entitled, ″Weapons of the Rising Sun″, or, better yet, ″Weapons of the Samurai″. Danny Trejo and his team were joined by film producer and El Rey founder, Robert Rodriguez, and his son, Rebel. Rebel has been inspired by action movies like ″Kill Bill″, which his father was involved in, to take up the art of bladesmithing. Needless to say, the first of the two weapons to be built and tested is the famous sword of the Samurai, the Katana. However, while the Katana may rule in action movies and TV series, the second weapon, the Yari spear, was the real killer on the battlefields of the Samurai.



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Man At Arms: Art Of War - Ep7, Blades Of Legend

Last night on the El Rey Network, ″Man At Arms: Art Of War″ examined two ′Blades of Legend′. Danny Trejo and company took us back to the Battle of Valencia in 1094 AD where El Cid and his famous sword, Tizona, achieved victory. We also saw the team recreate the famous Fulfiqar sword, which the Prophet Mohammad, blessings and peace be upon him, gave to his cousin, Ali ibn Abi Talib, with which he won the Battle of Uhud in 625 AD. Our master bladesmiths once again attempted to recreate these weapons using some traditional methods of those periods of history. By the way, the actual title of this episode is, ″Stuff That Legends Are Made Of″.



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Game Of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Primer

Sunday night, July 16, all eyes will be on HBO for the Season 7 premiere of ″Game Of Thrones″. Forget about everything else! Trump, Russia, etc. Even if you are not one of the 7 Million or so regular viewers of the hit, epic television series, it will be discussed at great length Monday morning across the realm. The series has become a significant part of our popular culture. Unlike some other series which have been around for several years, ″Game Of Thrones″ has become even more popular with bigger audiences and ratings. So what is all the ′hub-bub′ about? Let us review a quick primer to bring you non-fans up to speed.



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Man At Arms: Art Of War - Ep6, Weapons of the Pharaohs

Danny Trejo and his team took us back to Ancient Egypt last night in the El Rey series, ″Man At Arms: Art Of War″. Episode 6 was entitled, ″Weapons of the Pharaohs″. The two weapons recreated and tested were the famous Egyptian sword, the Khopesh, and the Egyptian Battle Axe. Kerry Stagmer, who runs the Baltimore Knife Company, decided that they would make the head of the battle axe out of bronze using a traditional sand castling technique. As for the Khopesh, they chose to make it out of iron rather than bronze.



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Man At Arms: Art Of War - Ep5, New World Warriors

Last night on the El Rey Network, Danny Trejo hosted a new episode of ″Man At Arms: Art Of War″. This week′s edition was entitled, ″New World Warriors″. Yes, time to look at how the Aztec Indians fought. There was actually a news item about a discovery made at an Aztec site. Archeologists found a pile of some 650 human skulls, believed to be those of women and children. Similar piles have been found in the past, usually considered to be those of males. So, it would seem that the Aztecs were a tad more brutal and bloodthirsty than previously thought. Trejo and his team of craftsmen will undertake the construction and testing of two Aztec weapons, the atlatl and the macuahuitl.



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Man At Arms: Art Of War - Epiosde 4 Weapons of the Mongol Horde

Last night on the El Rey network, Danny Trejo looked at the ′Weapons of the Mongol Horde′ on this week′s episode of ″Men At Arms: Art Of War″. The compound bow and the triple-bow ballista were the two weapons recreated and tested by his team of experts. Gene Ching, a historian, tells us about how bloody the Mongols were. They killed millions in their conquests across Asia and beyond. Possibly as many as 30 million or more, a signficant portion of the Earth′s population at the time. The Mongolian compound bow was extremely sophisticated in its design and complex to build. It consisted of about 20 parts, laminated together with animal glue, delivering over 100 pounds of power in its pull. The triple-bow ballista was a powerful siege weapon, capable of flinging spears, bolts and rocks great distances with deadly results.



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Man At Arms: Art Of War - Episode 3, African War Blades

If you are going through ″Forged In Fire″ withdrawal as I am, last night we had some relief on the El Rey Network. Another new episode of ″Man At Arms: Art Of War″ aired, hosted by Danny Trejo. This week his team of blacksmiths, artisans and martial arts experts looked at African war blades. Two in particular, the Za, also known by many other names, including the Hunga Munga, and the curved sword, the Shotel. ″Forged In Fire″ fans will recall these two weapons. The Za is a multi-bladed throwing weapon, also used by executioners. The Shotel is a rather nice sword, especially designed for attacking enemies equipped with a wide shield.



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Premiere Episode of 'Man at Arms: Art of War'

Last night on the El Rey Network we had the series premiere of ″Man at Arms: Art of War″, hosted by Danny Trejo. The first episode was ″Weapons of Kung Fu″. The series is somewhat of a knock-off from the wildly successful History Channel series, ″Forged In Fire″. That program features 4 real-life blacksmiths who compete in a weapons making competition to win a $10,000 prize. ″Man at Arms″ however, goes into more detail about specific weapons, from their construction and their use. Produced by Robert Rodriguez, the movie director of films like ″Machete″ and the ″Grindhouse″ flicks, we have assembled a crew of experts to build and demonstrate weapons made famous in popular culture. Let us meet our experts and see how they build and use two famous Kung Fu weapons, the Ji and the Wind & Fire blades, or wheels.



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