Nerdvana: Two Voyages

Today Nerdvana gets all international up in here.

One song I’ve been grooving to lately is the Europop standby “Voyage, Voyage”. Here’s the more popular 80’s version of the song performed by androgynous pop star Desireless, from the album Francois.


-Next, a cover of the song, performed by Maison du Malheur (sp?). In my typical Wrong-Way Norris fashion, I first heard the cover of the song before the original. I first heard this version of “Voyage, Voyage” in a 2013 Heineken beer commercial; there doesn’t seem to be an actual video version of this rendition (more’s the pity), but the visuals in the ad fit the looser, wackier style of MdM’s version perfectly.


Maison du Malheur, if you’re reading this, please release a studio version of your version of this song. I’ll pay for an mp3 of this.


Nerdvana: Playgirl by Ladytron

Today is Valentine’s Day, or as we call it, Sunday. To commemorate the occasion, I’d like to showcase one of my favorite songs currently. The video is odd, but the beat is downright infectious; I can’t help bopping to the beat every time I hear it. The song has a very Europop, runway model vibe to it, and I dig it. Enjoy “Playgirl” from the band Ladytron.

Cartoon Country: X-Men Evolution – “Walk on the Wild Side”

Today’s Cartoon Country looks at the second season episode of X-Men Evolution titled “Walk on the Wild Side”, in which the female X-Men (specifically Jean Grey, Amara Aquilla aka Magma and Tabitha Smith aka Boom-Boom) get fed up with playing second fiddle to the guys, and form an all-female vigilante crime-fighting group called the Bayville Sirens. Shortly after our heroines form their new gang, this happens:




-Not only did the story just randomly jump to Radio Disney for a second, but this sequence boasted a puzzling occurrence which was never addressed. The 3 characters who formed the Bayville Sirens were Jean, Amara and Tabitha, who did so out of frustration (and some unintentionally sexist comments from Cyclops). OK, got that, however, about a third of the way through that little dance party video thing, Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) and Rogue just show up, and for the remainder of the story the 2 of them are just there, as if they’d been Sirens all along, despite them having no stake in any of this and no participation in the story up to that point. There’s really no reason for Rogue and Kitty to be in this story at all, other than a) they’re girls and b) they’re main characters. OK, we’re not going to offer a logical, canonical reason for these 2 to just arbitrarily join the story? No explanation at all? Just not gonna address that at all, huh? Not even a throwaway line somewhere? Nothin’? M’kay.

Speaking of strange occurrences,



What is it about this episode that makes so many aspiring authors on the internet want to write fan fiction about it? The last time I ventured onto, there were literally dozens of fanfics based on or inspired by “Walk on the Wild Side”. In one of them, in retaliation the male X-Men decide to start their own all-boys’ splinter faction called the Bayville Strikers.


Far be it for me to pass judgement on another author’s vision, but I gotta say, naw, that idea’s not working for me, bruh. We don’t need an all-guys’ X-team for the same reason TV doesn’t need a White Entertainment Television. Boys don’t need special representation in what’s already a male-dominated genre. We don’t have to imagine what a superhero team consisting of just boys would be like; we’ve already seen that, several times: that’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s Street Sharks. That’s Battletoads. That’s Ronin Warriors. That’s Centurions. That’s Super Hero Squad. I could go on, stop me before I sub-reference again. All-male teams are a dime a dozen, so that wouldn’t be anything special. If they were really going to have a girls’ vigilante team AND a boys’ vigilante team existing alongside of it, then you should just make one team and make it co-ed, which would just be the X-Men.

But that’s just my opinion. If “Walk on the Wild Side” revs your engine, then by all means enjoy the ride. Myself, if I want a Girl Power superhero team, I’ll stick with these ladies:

Powerpuff Girls

They have better costumes, anyway.