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Villian Spotlight: Dazzler(Burtram Worthington)
Burtram Worthington, the first to have the proud name of Dazzler proves that often having a plan, and a really cool base of operations is more important than anything when becoming a villain.

The story of Burtram is a common one in the beginning. Denied his rightful share of his father fortune Burtram went to his brother,  Warren Jr. to borrow money which he used to buy a secret base under the Statue of Liberty that would be the headquarters of his illegal diamond smuggling operation.

Before we can move on we must stop to examine the brilliance of this plan. Because it is a common tourist location no one will notice a few extra people.  As an island it is possible for ships to dock without going through typical channels so the chances of getting caught are far less and most importantly you can turn the statue of liberty into a giant remote control weapon of destruction. (So far as I know Dazzler did not do this but it can only be because of time management issues).

His ultimate plan was to create a giant laser using the diamonds. This laser called the Spatial Destructor(You have to give him style points for the name). Saddly before he could create this ultimate weapon his meddling brother(upon finding secret base under statue of liberty on the expense report) discovered what he was doing.

Dazzler, smart enough to stay out of these things himself, hired goons to kill his brother(Using the money he borrowed from his brother presumably).

Warren Worthington III, AKA. Angel learned of his fathers death and immediately assumed that it was Burtran Worthington and sought vengeance.

Using the teleporter he had in the base(No need to explain that every secret base has a teleporter) Dazzler imprisoned Angel in a room with his girlfriend Candy Southern. He then attempted to brainwash Angel to steal him a diamond big enough for his machine. This failed because Angel is a mutant and no mutant can ever be mentally controlled. (Never, none of them. It's a known fact all other examples are simply misunderstandings or possibly the placebo effect.)

With the help of several other X-men Angel was able to defeat a middle aged man with a half completed laser and Dazzler was put in prison. As this did not appear to be enough punishment for Angel he later suggested the name Dazzler be given to Alison Blaire as a constant reminder to his uncle of his disdain for the man. This is still Alison Blaire's primary reason for remaining with the X-men.

Burtram has not returned to crime mostly due to his inability to come up with a name cooler than Dazzler though he was recently overheard asking a friend what he thought of the name Lazeler so his criminal tenancies may be returning.

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5 Spin off TV shows that worked
With Stargate Universe and Caprica coming up my reaction is to be frustrated by the inability of places to come up with new ideas. It's not that I don't like the originals it's just that I like science fiction because it brings up new ideas and spin-offs don't do that. So in order to calm myself I decided to make a list of some spin offs which I enjoyed. 5. Xena Warrior Princess I don't know why i stopped switching the channels the first time I saw Hercules on. The show was new then and I remember one week there was a techwars show on instead but it became better as it went along and though Xena was never as good it had more Bruce Campbell and may have helped lead the way to Jack of all Trades. 4. The Simpons I'm not certain that anyone remembers the Tracy Ulman show but this was the original home of The Simpsons until it became its own half hour TV show which has had some success. 3. Stargate Atlantis Five years isn't a bad run and in it's last season stargate Atlantis was still getting better. I just hope that Stargate Universe doesn't have to start with uninteresting characters so they can get rid of them and replace t hem later like Stargate Atlantis did. 2. Angel Angel always felt more like it was made for me than Buffy. Buffy was about growing up, and while I liked the show Angel was about being responsible a message that is more relevant to me at my age even now. I even like the end in which they realize that the war never ends, that the struggle to be good and to fight evil isn't one we can assume our parents already fought or leave to our children. 1. Star Trek the Next Generation As someone who has liked every incarnation of Star Trek on TV this is a show that has allowed for hundreds of hours of TV that I truly enjoy. This show like many spin offs started a little weak, but it gained strength quickly and by the time it was in it's second season it was in many ways as good as the original and is arguably better after it's entire run.
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Five heroic characters I feel sorry for
Fantasy and Science Fiction are largely escapist and that means that in some way the characters are meant to represent us allowing us to imagine ourselves as great heroes who save the day and get the girl. The problem  with this is that in order for any of this to work as a story there has to be conflict and trouble and so while many of these characters seem to have exciting lives things aren't as good as they seem. 5. Frodo Baggins Living his life in peace in the shire until one day he is given the most evil relic in the world, he is forced to leave paradise to travel into the worst place in the world, get nearly eatten by a spider, go hungry, thirsty, and finally have his finger bitten off. Then when he does return he is tormented by the memories and longing for the ring until he is forced to leave everything behind and travel across the ocean to live with the elves. On the other hand: he had some good times before he had the weight of the world put on his shoulders, and Lembas bread sounds like it would be good. 4, Yoda Yoda was the wisest of all the Jedi, yet he was unable to stop the destruction of all his brothern. In addition to living alone in a swamp for twenty years Yoda must have had some serious survivor's guilt, and then just as he begins to see a chance to fix things he dies. On the other hand: He lived 900 years so there were probably some good times before the emperor began to cause problems and he can move things with his mind. That could be useful, unless you're living alone in a swamp. 3. Angel Immortal and eternally young, Angel is clearly meant to be a tragic figure. He was evil for several hundred years and seemed to enjoy it until he was cursed with a soul, except that if he is ever truly happy he loses it. He does this, becomes evil and nearly destroys the world, but his soul is returned to him just as the woman he loves is forced to stab him through the chest with a giant sword. He is then brought back and forced to attempt to make up for three hundred years of killing something that he knows he can't do, while a group of lawyers try to drive him insane. On the other hand: He has a second chance. 2. Hercules If you watch shows about Hercules it's easy to forget the real story because it's far more fun to focus on the slaying of monsters, but this wasn't someone with a happy life. Hercules was abandoned by his father, who's wife, and queen of the gods spent her time trying to ruin him. She sends snakes to kill him in his crib and he kills them and for a while that seems like it is all over, except that she is actually waiting for him to become happy. He marries and has children, then the queen of the gods makes him insane and he kills them. Even though he was insane that defense didn't work in anchient times and he is given 12 impossible tasks to perform instead of being given time to mourn the death of his wife and children. On the other hand: he went on an interesting boat trip and got to hang out with Jason and Iolaus. 1. The Doctor Last of the time lords the doctor not only has to deal with a constant stream of enemies who want to destory him, and the earth but do it while hanging around with people who are probably no closer to his inteligence than a dog is to ours. He of course picks the best of the lot for companions, just as you might pick out a well bred dog from the kennel rather than one of the really stupid ones because at least it can learn a few tricks. More tragically is the idea that this lord of time and space can go anywhere except the one place he really wants to go which is home to the other time lords. He also has to deal with the memories of not only losing his own race but exterminaning another race. On the other hand: He has a time machine.
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